Ghazni’s District Governor Killed as Taliban launch Spring Offensive

Ali Shams Dost was killed with seven other security officials

Ali Shams Dost the district governor of Khwaja Omari district of eastern Ghazni province was killed along with seven policemen in a Taliban attack early Thursday, provincial police confirmed. In addition, seven other security officials and nine others were wounded in the attack.

According to reports the incident happened at about 2:00am local time after Taliban insurgents attacked the district governor’s compound and police check posts.  “Ali Shams Dost was killed with seven other policemen during the clashes and some parts of the district governor’s compound was also torched,” an official was quoted as saying.

“After the attack the forces called for air support and reportedly killed  27 Taliban but many of them had fled the scene following clashes. Taliban also burnt government offices and buildings before retreating. 

The Taliban in a statement claimed that they have captured the district and taken over arms and ammunition.

According to Ramazan Ali Mohseni, deputy police chief in Ghazni the militants killed district governor Ali Dost Shams, his bodyguards, seven police officers and five government intelligence agents.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement said that twenty police officers were killed in the attack. With the fall of Khawaja Omari the Taliban have now extended their rule close to the provincial capital, also called Ghazni where Government forces maintain its control.

Meanwhile a local TV said that 45 Taliban militants were killed in a counterattack in Khwaja Omari district of Ghazni.


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