AT News Report
KABUL: Government forces managed to retake the Khwaja Omari district in Ghazni province, an area being held by Taliban for one year, ministry of defense said Friday.
Aref Noori, provincial spokesman also said that security forces launched a rapid operation in which they completely took the district.
Residents of the district also confirmed the retake of Khwaja Omari by government troops. They said that army and police took control of the district headquarters after a short operation and defusing mines placed on their way.
Deputy provincial police spokesman, Ramazan Ali Mohseni, said that 14 troops were killed and 10 others injured in the operation.
Taliban militants set the district building on fire before retreating and damaged the police department building.
A police officer said that head of district intelligence was also killed.
Taliban have not commented on the incident.
Khwaja Omari lies some 20 kilometers north of Ghazni city, the provincial capital of the same name. It was a relatively calm area before falling to insurgents last year.