Taliban attacks government compound in Afghanistan, 18 killed

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"They (Taliban) came and set fire to the district governor's office, killed 30 people, took some equipment of the district with them".

Afghan officials say at least 15 people have been killed, including a district governor, after Taliban militants attacked a district government compound in southeastern Afghanistan.

His claim could not be independently confirmed and the government did not immediately respond to it. The Taliban used heavy weapons, he said. Rahmani said the attackers planted mines to stop reinforcements from coming to help the government forces fend off the attack.

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Provincial officials said on April 12 that police and intelligence officers were also among those killed in the overnight raid on the Khwaja Omari district headquarters in Ghazni Province.

Ghazni's Khawaja Omari district was considered one of the province's safest districts.

Around 45 insurgents were also killed and several others wounded, he said, adding: "Taliban have set alight the district office complex, but reinforcement arrived at the district and now the situation under control".

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The attack was the deadliest by the Taliban for several weeks.

Earlier on Thursday, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported an increase in the number of civilian casualties from Taliban attacks as well as Afghan and foreign troops in the first three months of this year compared to the same period last year.

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

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Ramazan Ali Moseni, a deputy chief police in Ghazni province, has reportedly said that seven police officers and five members of the country's intelligence agency NDS were also killed in the attack.