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Afghanistan: 25 Taliban killed in attack on govt compound

World       by Mahmood Idrees | Published World by Mahmood Idrees | Published
Charlie Simmons | 15 April, 2018, 01:05

In a separate development, three police constables were killed after Taliban attacked security checkpoints in outer neighborhood of Gardez city, capital of eastern Paktia province Thursday night, according to officials.

The Taliban frequently attack Afghan security forces and steal their equipment, eroding morale among poorly-paid police and soldiers.

He said the Taliban forces set buildings on fire but left the area by daylight.

The militants launched the attack on the Khwaja Omari district headquarters in the southeastern province at 2:00 am in which nine intelligence officials were also injured.

The violence comes a day after the United Nations said more than 700 civilians had been killed and almost 1,500 wounded in Afghanistan in the first three months of 2018.

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"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.

The insurgent group's spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, told AP over the telephone that after the attack in Khwaja Omari, not far from Ghazni, all security posts in the district were under Taliban control.

Police say Taliban fighters attacked a district compound in central Afghanistan overnight, killing at least six government security forces in several hours of fighting.

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

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.

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