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Ghanzi attack leaves nine police dead

AT News Report

KABUL: At least nine police officers were killed in a Taliban attack on their checkpoint in Ghazni province, officials said.

Members of provincial council said Friday that the attack was carried out Thursday night in the Ghazni city, the provincial capital, with some of them alleging that the death toll was higher.

They added that Mojib Mahmoudi, head of the city’s Police District 3 was among the dead.

Provincial police department confirmed the incident, saying that many of attackers were also killed, but did not provide exact number.

A member of provincial council claimed that at least 15 officers lost their lives.

Ghazni lies on the Kabul-Kandahar highway and is considered as a strategic area for both the government and Taliban militants.

Taliban launched a massive assault on the province from several directions, capturing the provincial capital. Tens of police and soldiers were killed, injured and arrested during the assault, and the insurgents set government offices on fire in their five-day rule on the city before being pushed back by government’s reinforcement.

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