Afghan district governor among seven killed in attack

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Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement 20 police officers were killed in the attack.

According to Associated Press, the blistering attack in the Khwaja Omari district was the latest insurgent assault in Ghazni province.

Taliban militants stormed security checkpoints with guns and rockets in Larzanak locality, Shindand district late Thursday, killing 10 policemen, the report quoted district Governor Shukrullah Shaker as saying. The province is reportedly under Taliban control.

At least 13 Afghan security forces have been killed in suspected Taliban attacks in western Herat Province, officials say. The Taleban planted mines to prevent government reinforcements from coming to help and quickly took responsibility for the attack.

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

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

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Two armored Humvees were destroyed in the attack in Shindand district, Farhad said.

A lawmaker in the Afghan Parliament, Mohammad Arif Rahmani, said the district governor, intelligence service director and a deputy police official were among those killed in Thursday's attack.

The Taliban controls large swaths of Ghazni, a strategic province near the border with Pakistan.

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".

A general view shows the site of an attack by Taliban militants on a government compound in the Khwaja Omari district in the southeastern province of Ghazni.

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