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14 April 2018, 11:53 | Tara Lloyd
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Taliban militants over-ran a district in Afghanistan's Ghazni province today, killing more than a dozen people including the district's governor before retreating, a police official said.
The insurgent group's spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, told The Associated Press over the telephone that after the attack in the Khuja Omari district, not far from the provincial capital also called Ghazni, all security posts in the district were under Taliban control.
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"Thirty military personnel and civilians were killed".
"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.
The Khwaja Omari district's administrative head was killed in a predawn assault by the militants.
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The militants killed district governor Ali Dost Shams, his bodyguards, seven police officers and five government intelligence agents, said Ramazan Ali Mohseni, deputy police chief in Ghazni.
Mr. Noori said the attackers used heavy weapons and destroyed the district government building, killing all but four of the guards on duty in the early morning hours.
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.
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"Reinforcement troops arrived in the area after half an hour and took control of security in the area and conducted a clearance operation", Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said. However, Moseni has also claimed that 45 Taliban were also killed and eight members of the Afghan security forces were wounded.
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