Taliban Kill a Governor and Overrun a Government Compound

15 April, 2018, 01:07 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Zakeria Hashimi—AFP

The Taliban denied local official reports that 50 of the assailants had been killed after the arrival of government reinforcements.

The Taliban on Thursday afternoon had stormed a government chemical in a middle province, tripping an hours-long gunbattle that murdered 1-5, comprising three top rated officials. The Taliban also seized weapons and ammunition during the raid, he added. The province is reportedly under Taliban control.

Scores of militants struck the compound in Khwaja Omari district at about 2am, scaling the walls with ladders and overwhelming the government troops inside.

In a separate development, three police constables were killed after Taliban attacked security checkpoints in outer neighborhood of Gardez city, capital of eastern Paktia province Thursday night, according to officials.

He said eight government security forces were wounded in the fighting. "After the attack the forces called for air support and 27 Taliban were killed during the airstrikes and clashes", it added.




There were also fatalities among the Taliban attackers, Shaker said, but it was not clear how many.

The province of Ghazni is located south of Kabul province, the seat of the country's capital, Kabul, and lies along a key route.

The district governor Ali Dost Shams was killed in the attack along with 15 security force members and civilians. Travel by road between the capital and southern Kandahar province, a traditional Taleban heartland, is considered unsafe because of large swaths that are now under insurgent control.

The new agencies based in Kabul have expressed their inability to confirm the casualty figures because of the remoteness of the area.

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