District chief among 13 security forces killed in Ghazni attack

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Government forces retook control of Khawaja Omari district, one of the most secure regions of Ghazni province, from the Taliban just hours after the group attacked state buildings and offices early Thursday morning, local officials confirmed.

At least 11 Afghan police personnel have been killed and four police wounded in a gunfight and an ambush attack in western province of Herat, reported local media Tolo News TV on Friday.

A resident of the area, Hassan Ali, said many security forces suffered casualties in the overnight attack.

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

"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.

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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. The Taliban used heavy weapons, he said. The attackers planted mines to prevent government reinforcements from coming and quickly took responsibility for the attack.

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.

The Taliban on Thursday afternoon had stormed a government chemical in a middle province, tripping an hours-long gunbattle that murdered 1-5, comprising three top rated officials.

Deputy provincial police chief Ramazan Ali Mohsini said among those killed were Ali Dost Shams, the district governor, seven police officers, and five members of the National Directorate of Security, the country's main intelligence agency.

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