Taliban attack Murdered 10 police in Herat

Taliban attack Murdered 10 police in Herat

Khwaja Omari also lies close to Ghazni city, raising fears of an assault on the provincial capital.

Abdul Shukoor Qudusi says the driver was wounded in the explosion late Wednesday night, which set several shops in the area on fire.

"All parties to the conflict in Afghanistan must do everything in their power to protect civilians from harm", said Ingrid Hayden, the secretary-general's deputy special representative for Afghanistan.

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

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack through a WhatsApp message to journalists, saying "more than 20 police" were killed and several others wounded.

Mohammad Arif Noori, a spokesman for the governor of Ghazni Province, said that Taliban insurgents attacked the government compound of Khwaja Umari district.

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Ground engagements between militants and security forces accounted for 30 percent of civilian casualties in the January to March period.

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

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

On Thursday morning, the Taliban stormed a government compound in the central province of Ghazni, triggering an hours-long gun battle that killed 15, including three top local officials.

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

Deputy Police Chief Ramazan Ali told Pajhwok Afghan News that five NDS personnel, eight policemen were killed and 10 others wounded during the overnight assault.

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