Afghan district governor among 12 killed in eastern Afghanistan militant attack

Taliban have confirmed the fight and claiming they have captured the district headquarters of Khawja Omari district


Xinhua April 12, 2018
PHOTO: REUTERS

GHAZNI, AFGHANISTAN: Up to 12 people including the district governor of Khawja Omari district of eastern Afghanistan's Ghazni province were killed as the Taliban militants attacked the district headquarters early Thursday, a local official Ramazan Ali Mohsini said.

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"A group of Taliban rebels launched multi-pronged offensives on security checkpoints in Khawja Omari district at 03:00 am local time today triggering fierce fighting which lasted for hours during which the district governor of Khawja Omari and 11 more staff and security personnel unfortunately lost their lives," Mohsini told Xinhua.

The official also asserted that 40 militants were killed and injured in the firefight.

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Meanwhile, Taliban militants have confirmed the fight and claiming they have captured the district headquarters of Khawja Omari district.

However, provincial police chief Mohammad Zaman has confirmed the fighting but rejected the Taliban claim, saying the Taliban attack has been repulsed.

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