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Afghan district governor among seven killed in Taliban attack

AFP  |  Ghazni 

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

Six police also died and 10 intelligence officers were wounded in the attack on the district headquarters in the southeastern province of Ghazni, the provincial governor's told AFP.

The militants used a ladder to climb into the compound in the early hours of Thursday, told AFP.

Mohsini put the death toll at 13, including the governor, police and intelligence officers, adding scores of fighters were also killed but that could not be immediately confirmed.

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

"The attack is over and the district is under the control of Afghan security forces after reinforcement forces rushed to the scene following the attack," Mohsini added.

The claimed responsibility for the raid in a WhatsApp message to journalists, saying "more than 20 police" were killed and several others wounded. "Our mujahideen have confiscated weapons and ammunition," said.

"In the attack three mujahideen were martyred and four others were wounded." The attack was one of the deadliest by the in several weeks and comes as the militants prepare to launch their annual spring offensive, which marks the beginning of the traditional fighting season.

The are under pressure to take up Ashraf Ghani's offer of peace talks but so far they have not responded directly to the proposal.

The militants had vowed to take revenge over an Afghan air strike last week in an area controlled by the group in the northern province of

Dozens of people, many of them children, were killed or wounded after helicopters struck a madrassa in district, security sources and witnesses told AFP.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 14:30 IST
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