District chief among 13 security forces killed in Ghazni attack

Saul Bowman
April 14, 2018

In a separate incident north of Kabul, a "sticky" bomb destroyed an oil tanker outside the Bagram military base, where US forces are stationed.

The total number of civilian casualties in the January-March period reached 2,258 - nearly unchanged from the same period in the past two years, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said.

Quoting provincial police statement, the report said that the incident happened at about 2:00 am local time after Taliban insurgents attacked the district governor's compound and police check posts.

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.

Most of the civilians were killed by insurgents, and fewer people were killed by pro-government security forces than previously, said the United Nations quarterly report, noting that suicide bombings accounted for most of the fatalities as well as injuries, which numbered 1,495.

Afghan officials often give conflicting casualty figures immediately after an attack. The attackers planted mines to prevent government reinforcements from coming and quickly took responsibility for the attack.

"Our mujahideen have confiscated weapons and ammunition", Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said. Khwaja Omari also lies close to Ghazni city, raising fears of an assault on the provincial capital.

Interior Ministry officials said that apart from Ali Dost Shams, the district chief, 14 other security forces were killed in the attack, but Arif Rahmani, an MP from the province, and Nasir Ahmad Faqiri, a member of the provincial council, put the loss of civilian officials and security forces at 30.

Mohsini also said 25 Taliban fighters were killed in the gunbattle that started late on April 11 and lasted until morning.

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

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