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Afghan District Governor Among Those Killed In Taliban Attack

15 April 2018

The Khwaja Omari district's administrative head was killed in a predawn assault by the militants.

Abdul Shukoor Qudusi says the driver was wounded in the explosion late Wednesday night, which set several shops in the area on fire.

"Afghan civilians continue to suffer, caught in the conflict, in ways that are preventable; this must stop now", said Ingrid Hayden, the United Nations secretary-general's deputy special representative for Afghanistan.

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Taliban militants launched a pre-dawn raid on a district government compound in Afghanistan yesterday, killing at least seven people including the local governor, officials said.

His claim could not be independently confirmed and the government did not immediately respond to it.

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. The Taliban also seized weapons and ammunition during the raid, he added. Fifteen security forces were killed.

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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 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. The Taleban planted mines to prevent government reinforcements from coming to help and quickly took responsibility for the attack.

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Afghan District Governor Among Those Killed In Taliban Attack