Taliban overrun Afghan district, kill its chief and at least 14 others

Taliban overrun Afghan district, kill its chief and at least 14 others

Khwaja Omari also lies close to Ghazni city, raising fears of an assault on the provincial capital.

Taliban militants stormed security checkpoints with guns and rockets in Larzanak locality, Shindand district late Thursday, killing 10 policemen, the report quoted district Governor Shukrullah Shaker as saying.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman for the Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack in Paktia in a text message sent to the media.

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

Government forces retook control of Khawaja Omari district, one of the most secure regions of Ghazni province, from the Taliban just hours after the group attacked state buildings and offices early Thursday morning, local officials confirmed.

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

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The province of Ghazni is located south of Kabul lying along a key route.

Afghan Parliament member Mohammad Arif Rahmani said the district governor, intelligence service director and a deputy police official were killed in the attack, as well as 15 security forces. He said Taliban fighters had killed about 20 Afghan security force members. Travel by road between Kabul and Kandahar province, a traditional Taliban heartland, is considered unsafe because of large swaths are now under Taliban control.

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

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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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