Afghan district governor among 12 killed in Taliban attack

Afghan district governor among 12 killed in Taliban attack

Afghan district governor among 12 killed in Taliban attack

Claiming responsibility for the attacks and the capture of the district centre, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, in a statement said that more than 20 police had been killed in the attacks.

Most civilians were killed by insurgents, and fewer people were killed by pro-government security forces than previously, said the United Nations quarterly report.

President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack and the killing of Ali Dost Shams, the district governor, and the others in the assault, which he said was carried out by "Afghanistan's enemy" a reference to the Taliban.

His claim could not be independently confirmed and the government did not immediately respond to it.

But the number of civilian casualties from attacks by the Taliban and other militants "deliberately targeting" ordinary Afghans more than doubled - accounting for 39 percent of all casualties.

Mohsini also said 25 Taliban fighters were killed in the gunbattle that started late on April 11 and lasted until morning. Fifteen security forces were killed. The Taliban planted mines to prevent government reinforcements from coming to help and quickly took responsibility for the attack, said Mohammad Arif Rahmani, a lawmaker in the Afghan Parliament.

"Five National Directorate of Security operatives, Khwaja Omari district governor and seven police force members were martyred (in the attack)", he added.

Deputy police chief of Ghazni Ramazan Ali said 50 Taliban militants were also killed in the clash.

Elsewhere Taliban ambushed a convoy of Afghan security backup forces on the way to Khwaja Omari district in Kushk area of the capital of Ghazni, leaving six policemen dead and three others injured, according to Amar. Nine other security personnel were also wounded.

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