Taliban attacks Afghan district compound; at least 18 killed
Authorities on Thursday said that Taliban fighters attacked a government compound in central Afghanistan overnight which killed three district officials and 15 security forces. Attackers stormed the secure compound in Khuja Omari district last night, setting off hours of fighting with security forces, Ramazan Ali Moseni, a deputy chief police in Ghazni province, said. He said 25 Talibans were killed in the attack.
Attackers planted mines to stop reinforcements from coming to help
Khuja Omari district is close to the provincial capital, Ghazni city. Afghan Parliament member Mohammad Arif Rahmani said that the district governor, intelligence service director, and a deputy police official were killed in the attack, as well as 15 security forces. Rahmani said the attackers planted mines to stop reinforcements from coming to help the government forces fend off the attack.
Eight government security forces were wounded in the attack
The deputy chief of police of Ghazni province, Ramazan Ali Moseni, said that the government reinforcements later joined the fighting. He said eight government security forces were wounded.