Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

At Least 13 Afghan Troops Killed In Taliban Attacks

At Least 13 Afghan Troops Killed In Taliban Attacks

A pre-dawn attack by the Taliban on a government compound in southeast Afghanistan has left at least 15 dead, including several intelligence agents and the local governor, as the Islamists open their spring "fighting season".

However, officials said the Taliban set fire to the district governor's building.

The Taliban claim to have taken control of key parts of the Khwaja Omari district, but provincial officials deny that.

"Afghan civilians continue to suffer, caught in the conflict, in ways that are preventable; this must stop now", said Ingrid Hayden, the United Nations secretary-general's deputy special representative for Afghanistan.

A United Nations report showed on Thursday that ordinary Afghans are increasingly in the crosshairs of militants, with the number of civilians killed or wounded in attacks deliberately targeting them more than doubling in the first quarter.

Ground engagements between militants and security forces accounted for 30 percent of civilian casualties in the January to March period. Rahmani said the attackers planted mines to stop reinforcements from coming to help the government forces fend off the attack.

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Ghazni's Khawaja Omari district was considered one of the province's safest districts.

Fighting went on for about three hours until fresh troops were deployed to the district and the Taliban escaped from the area.

"In the attack, three mujahideen were martyred and four others were wounded".

Moseni said the Taliban fighters stormed the secure compound in Khuja Omari district and the security forces who were there were joined later by government reinforcements.

The militants killed district governor Ali Dost Shams, his bodyguards, seven police officers and five government intelligence agents, said Ramazan Ali Mohseni, deputy police chief in Ghazni.

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