Taliban seize district in Ghazni province

Taliban kill local governor 6 police in Afghanistan

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 claimed responsibility for the attack through a WhatsApp message to journalists, saying "more than 20 police" were killed and several others wounded.

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

Herat provincial governor spokesman Jailani Farhad said that two armoured Humvees were destroyed in the attack in Shindand district, adding the Taliban also seized weapons and ammunition during the raid.

President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack and said it was carried out by "Afghanistan's enemy", a reference to the Taliban.

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"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. The militants also shelled rockets on the soldiers, killing them.

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. Fifteen security forces were killed. The attackers planted mines to prevent government reinforcements from coming and quickly took responsibility for the attack.

The Taliban on Thursday afternoon had stormed a government chemical in a middle province, tripping an hours-long gunbattle that murdered 1-5, comprising three top rated officials.

Deputy Police Chief Ramazan Ali told Pajhwok Afghan News that five NDS personnel, eight policemen were killed and 10 others wounded during the overnight assault.

Shaker, said a roadside mine and a rocket hit a auto carrying police reinforcements sent to the scene, killing the police commander.

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