Afghan district governor among 7 killed in Taliban attack

Taliban Kill a Governor and Overrun a Government Compound

In Gardez, the capital of the eastern Paktia province, the Taliban attacked several police posts, leaving at least three policemen dead, said Gul Agha Roohani, the province's police chief.

The Taliban claim to have taken control of key parts of the Khwaja Omari district, but provincial officials deny that.

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.

"Our mujahideen have confiscated weapons and ammunition", Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.

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Taliban guerrillas attacked a district headquarters in Afghanistan's Ghazni province on Thursday, killing its administrator along with at least 14 others, officials said. The province is reportedly under Taliban control.

Ten police were killed and four wounded in the Shindad district, where fighting with the militants lasted for hours, Shukrullah Shaker, the district governor, said on April 13.

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

There were also fatalities among the Taliban attackers, Shaker said, but it was not clear how many.

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The district, where an Afghan air force base locates, has been the scene of clashes recently.

The district governor Ali Dost Shams was killed in the attack along with 15 security force members and civilians. Travel by road between Kabul and Kandahar province, a traditional Taliban heartland, is considered unsafe because of large swaths are now under Taliban control.

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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