15 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan government compound
14 April, 2018, 11:54 | Author: Dustin Murphy
The Taliban carried out two attacks in Afghanistan overnight, killing at least ten people, officials said on Friday.
Mohammad Arif Noori, a spokesman for the governor of Ghazni Province, said that Taliban insurgents attacked the government compound of Khwaja Umari district. Rahmani said, the attackers planted mines to stop reinforcements from coming to help the government forces fend off the attack.
The attack occurred in Herat's Shindand district, said the district's governor, Shukrullah Shaker.
Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the rebels overran Khwaja Omari and killed several security officials, including the district chief. Travel by road between the capital and southern Kandahar province, a traditional Taliban heartland, is considered risky because of large swaths that are now under insurgent control.
Police say Taliban fighters attacked a district compound in central Afghanistan overnight, killing at least six government security forces in several hours of fighting.
The new agencies based in Kabul have expressed their inability to confirm the casualty figures because of the remoteness of the area.
There were no injuries at the base, which is heavily fortified.
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.
Consistent with trends observed in 2017, the report noted that civilian casualties attributed to pro-government forces in the first quarter of 2018 reduced by 13 percent to 407 civilian casualties.
"Afghan civilians continue to suffer, caught in the conflict, in ways that are preventable; this must stop now", said Ingrid Hayden, the United Nations secretary-general's deputy special representative for Afghanistan.
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