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Taliban Kills Afghan District Governor, 7 Police Guards

A predawn Taliban attack has killed a district governor and seven police personnel in Afghanistan’s southeastern province of Ghazni. Scores of heavily armed insurgents participated in Thursday’s coordinated assault on the governor’s office in Khawaja Omari and overran the district center, said residents. Provincial police chief Mohammad Zaman told VOA that the timely arrival of reinforcements and air support enabled Afghan forces to push Taliban assailants out of the area in the morning, following hours of intense clashes. Local authorities said the counter offensive also killed 27 Taliban rebels. They identified the slain district governor as Ali Dost Shams. A Taliban spokesman claimed more than 20 government police personnel and officers were killed in the attack, confirming only three insurgent fatalities. Insurgents often issue inflated battlefield claims. But Afghan media quoted unnamed sources as saying the insurgent attack left 15 security personnel dead, including area police and intelligence chiefs. Khawaja...

 

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