Afghan District Governor Among Several Killed in Taliban Attack

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Mohsini also said 25 Taliban fighters were killed in the gunbattle that started late on April 11 and lasted until morning. No immediately took responsibility for the bombing.

Elsewhere, the Taliban stormed an Afghan Local Police (ALP) check-post in the Kanjak area of the Imam Sahib district of northern Kunduz province.

Ordinary Afghans are increasingly in the crosshairs of militants, a United Nations report showed Thursday, with the number of civilians killed or wounded in attacks deliberately targeting them more than doubling in the first quarter.

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Meanwhile Kabul based TOLO News network reports that Ali Shams Dost, the district governor of Khwaja Omri district of eastern Ghazni province was killed along with seven policemen in na Taliban attack early Thursday.

Reacting to the development, the Taliban reportedly said that it has captured the district, a claim which was rejected by local law enforcers.

"Afghan civilians continue to suffer, caught in the conflict, in ways that are preventable; this must stop now", said Ingrid Hayden, the secretary-general's deputy special representative for Afghanistan. Fifteen security forces were killed. The attackers planted mines to prevent government reinforcements from coming and quickly took responsibility for the attack.

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(G.N.S) DT.12 Authorities on Thursday said that Taliban fighters attacked a government compound in central Afghanistan overnight which killed three district officials and 15 security forces.

Nine other security personnel were also wounded. Later, the Taliban left the headquarters and government security forces returned.

He said that 14 people including the governor were killed in the district itself, and that the Taliban then ambushed a relief force as it was leaving the provincial capital of Ghazni City, killing six police officers.

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