Taliban killed, 8 injured in fresh security operations

Clay Curtis
April 13, 2018

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".

Ramazan Ali Moseni, a deputy chief police in Ghazni province, has reportedly said that seven police officers and five members of the country's intelligence agency NDS were also killed in the attack.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mojahid, in a statement to media, said the militants had taken the key parts of the district including the district and police headquarters.

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Moseni reported that the Taliban fighters withdrew the stable chemical in Khuja Omari district and the protection forces that were there were united after by federal government reinforcements.

President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack and said it was carried out by "Afghanistan's enemy", a reference to the Taliban. Travel by road between Kabul and Kandahar province, a traditional Taliban heartland, is considered risky because of large swaths are now under Taliban control. The province is reportedly under Taliban control.

Nangarhar police spokesman Hazrat Hussain Mashraqiwal told Pajhwok Afghan News security forces targeted an insurgent hideout in the Mia Sahib locality of Hesarak district late on Wednesday. Other than the district governor, Ali Dost Shams, all the casualties were security forces, Mohsen said.

The casualty figures are impossible to independently verify because of the remoteness of the area.

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