Afghan district governor among seven killed in attack

Suicide bomber kills at least 29 in Kabul

Taliban militants launched a pre-dawn raid on a district government compound in Afghanistan yesterday, killing at least seven people including the local governor, officials said.

The militants used a ladder to climb into the district government compound in the early hours of Thursday, said Ramazan Ali Mohseni, deputy police chief in Ghazni. He said Taliban fighters had killed about 20 Afghan security force members.

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Ghazni's Khawaja Omari district was considered one of the province's safest districts.

In a separate incident north of Kabul, a sticky bomb destroyed an oil tanker outside the Bagram military base, where USA forces are stationed.

The center of Khwaja Omari district is 10kms far from Ghazni City and shares a border with Jaghato district of Wardak province.

Afghan officials often give conflicting casualty figures immediately after an attack.




There were no injuries at the base, which is heavily fortified.

Rahmani said the district governor, intelligence service director and a deputy police official were among those killed in Thursday's attack.

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.

Rahmani said the Taliban planted mines to stop reinforcements from coming to help the government forces fend off the attack.

Ground engagements between militants and security forces accounted for 30 percent of civilian casualties in the January to March period.

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.

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