23 Afghan Military soldiers killed,wounded in Taliban attack

23 Afghan Military soldiers killed,wounded in Taliban attack

GHAZNI CITY - Thirteen security forces, including a district chief have been killed while ten wounded in a coordinated attack by Taliban <link> in southern Ghazni province, officials said on Thursday.

The Khwaja Omari district’s administrative head was killed in a predawn assault by the militants. Provincial council member said the district had fallen to Taliban, but police rejected the claim.

Deputy Police Chief Ramazan Ali told Pajhwok Afghan News that five NDS <link> personnel, eight policemen were killed and 10 others wounded during the overnight assault.

Around 45 insurgents were also killed and several others wounded, he said, adding: “Taliban have set alight the district office complex, but reinforcement arrived at the district and currently the situation under control.”

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

On the other hand, a public representative, Naseer Ahmad Faqiri, claimed that district chief, Samsor Rahman, an NDS <link> official and many security personnel lost their lives to the coordinated attack.

According to Faqiri, the Taliban have set alight the district office complex and taken away all weapons, ammunition and vehicles.

Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the rebels overran Khwaja Omari and killed several security officials, including the district chief. Only three rebels were killed and four others wounded, he added.