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Afghan Officials: Taliban Attacks Capital of Ghazni Province

Friday, 10 August 2018 01:38 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban attacked an eastern provincial capital early Friday, leaving dead and wounded before Afghan forces pushed the militants out of the city, officials said.

The attacks began around 2 a.m. with intense gunbattles raging and fires burning in several shops in Ghazni city.

Taliban fighters hiding inside homes in the city's residential areas slipped into the streets attacking Afghan security forces, provincial police chief Farid Ahmad Mashal told The Associated Press.

After repulsing the daring nighttime assault, police were conducting house-to-house searches for stragglers and to discover how the Taliban infiltrated so deep into Ghazni city, barely 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of the Afghan capital of Kabul.

Administrator of the Ghazni city hospital, Baz Mohammad Hemat, said 14 security forces were killed and 20 security personnel were wounded. So far two civilians were wounded, but Hemat said the city is shut down and ambulances are not being sent out.

Mashal said 12 police had been wounded and there were more than 100 other casualties. He did not say how many were dead and how many were wounded. Most of the casualties were Taliban, he said.

Several bodies of dead Taliban fighters remained on the street after the government pushed back the Taliban from the city, the police chief said.

He said the bodies of 39 Taliban soldiers were recovered beneath a bridge in the southern edge of the city. Air strikes called in to quash the offensive also killed dozens of Taliban, he said.

Defense Ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanish said the army helped the police and the city was under control of government forces.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed parts of the city had been seized and scores of people killed. He said three Taliban had been killed and eight wounded.

Inside Ghazni city, residents were staying indoors making independent verification of the different claims impossible.

All shops in the city were closed due to the fighting. The road from Kabul to Afghanistan's southern provinces was also closed because it runs through Ghazni.

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