Afghanistan: Taliban attack kills 10 security forces in Herat

15 April, 2018, 01:08 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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Meanwhile Kabul based TOLO News network reports that Ali Shams Dost, the district governor of Khwaja Omri district of eastern Ghazni province was killed along with seven policemen in na Taliban attack early Thursday.

Shaker said that a number of officials were killed after a Public Order Police vehicle stepped on a roadside mine.

He said the Taliban forces set buildings on fire but left the area by daylight.

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

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President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack and said it was carried out by "Afghanistan's enemy", a reference to the Taliban.

He also confirmed the government's statement that the assault killed three top local officials - the district's governor, intelligence chief and deputy police chief.

Anti-government elements also continued to direct attacks against the minority Shiite community, with 154 of its members killed or wounded, "nearly all from suicide and complex attacks" claimed by ISIS, the report said.

"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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Putin and Macron instructed their foreign and defense ministers to maintain close contact to "de-escalate the situation", the Kremlin said.

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

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

The violence has been on rise as Afghan security forces struggle against a surge in attacks by anti-government fighters since the drawdown of foreign forces within the past three years.

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Until now, however, Israel has largely avoided being drawn into the seven-year-long Syrian civil war on its northeastern border. Both the US and France had earlier denied that they carried out the attack. "Israel is determined not to let them do that".

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