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Taliban claim attack on Afghan government post, killing 18

AP  |  Kabul 

The have claimed responsibility for a blistering attack on a government compound in Afghanistan's central province of that killed at least 15 members of the security forces.

The group's spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, told over the telephone that after the attack in the district, not far from the provincial capital also called Ghazni, all security posts in the district were under control.

His claim could not be independently confirmed and the government did not immediately respond to it.

Mujahid gave a higher casualty figure among the Afghan forces, which the often do, and a significantly lower death toll among the attackers.

He also confirmed the government's statement that the assault killed three top local officials the district's governor,

A lawmaker in the said three top district officials and several security forces were killed in a Taliban attack on a government compound in province.

Lawmaker said the attack early today morning in district killed the district governor, Fifteen security forces were killed.

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

Rahmani said the district is very close to the provincial capital, city.

Police say Taliban fighters attacked a district compound in central overnight, killing at least six government security forces in several hours of fighting.

Ramazan Ali Moseni, a police in Ghazni province, said 25 Taliban were killed in the gunbattle that started Wednesday night and lasted into the morning.

Moseni said the Taliban fighters stormed the secure compound in district and the security forces who were there were joined later by government reinforcements.

He said eight government security forces were wounded in the fighting.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 11:30 IST