Taliban Kill a Governor and Overrun a Government Compound

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Scores of militants struck the compound in Khwaja Omari district at about 2am, scaling the walls with ladders and overwhelming the government troops inside.

Sixteen Taliban militants have been killed and eight others wounded as a result of separate incidents of violence in different parts of the country, officials said on Thursday.

Moseni reported that the Taliban fighters withdrew the stable chemical in Khuja Omari district and the protection forces that were there were united after by federal government reinforcements. The Taliban has laid siege to several major cities in the years since North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces ended combat operations...

Reacting to the development, the Taliban reportedly said that it has captured the district, a claim which was rejected by local law enforcers.

The province of Ghazni is located south of Kabul lying along a key route.

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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.

Interior Ministry officials said that apart from Ali Dost Shams, the district chief, 14 other security forces were killed in the attack, but Arif Rahmani, an MP from the province, and Nasir Ahmad Faqiri, a member of the provincial council, put the loss of civilian officials and security forces at 30. The province is reportedly under Taliban control.

The casualty figures are impossible to independently verify because of the remoteness of the area.

"After the attack the forces called for air support and 27 Taliban were killed during the airstrikes and clashes", it added.

The Taliban usually announce the launch of a spring offensive in April.