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Afghan District Governor Among Several Killed in Taliban Attack

Afghan District Governor Among Several Killed in Taliban Attack

At least seven people including local governor were killed after Taliban insurgents carried out a pre-dawn attack on a compound of the district government in Ghazi, local media reported.

Ramazan Ali Moseni, also a deputy leader in Ghazni state, mentioned 25 Taliban had been murdered in the gun battle that started out Wednesday night time and lasted to the morning.

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The blistering attack in the Khuja Omari district was the latest insurgent assault in Ghazni province, which is now largely under Taliban control.

The Taliban claim to have taken control of key parts of the Khwaja Omari district, but provincial officials deny that. The Taliban planted mines to prevent government reinforcements from coming to help and quickly took responsibility for the attack.

Mujahid gave a higher casualty figure among the Afghan forces, which the Taliban often do, and a significantly lower death toll among the insurgent attackers.

Provincial officials said on April 12 that police and intelligence officers were also among those killed in the overnight raid on the Khwaja Omari district headquarters in Ghazni Province.

US forces are stationed at Bagram.

The total number of civilian casualties in the January-March period reached 2,258 - nearly unchanged from the same period in the past two years, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said.

Ground engagements between militants and security forces accounted for 30 percent of civilian casualties in the January to March period. However, Moseni has also claimed that 45 Taliban were also killed and eight members of the Afghan security forces were wounded.

"All parties to the conflict in Afghanistan must do everything in their power to protect civilians from harm", said Ingrid Hayden, the secretary-general's deputy special representative for Afghanistan.