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Taliban’s multipronged attack on Ghazni repulsed

Taliban’s multipronged attack on Ghazni repulsed

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Aug 10, 2018 - 11:46

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Hundreds of heavily armed Talibaninfo-icon militants attacked this capital city of southern Ghazni province from four directions, sparking an hours long fierce standoff with security forces, police said Friday.

Ghazni police spokesman Col. Farid Ahmad Mashal told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban waged attacks at 12am midnight on security posts soon after entering the city from various directions.

The Taliban had called in fighters from central Maidan Wardak and southern Zabul province and they attacked security posts, the police headquarters and other military installations.

The attackers were pushed back after a few hours but they were still holding up in shops and civilian homes, said Mashal, adding both the sides had suffered casualties in the clashes, but exact figures were no immediately known.

The police spokesman said they had prior information about the Taliban attacks and therefore measures had already been taken to push them back. Coming operations in the city would be launched soon.

Last night, the Taliban announced closing the Kabulinfo-icon-Kandahar highway.

Safiullah, a resident of Ghazni City, said the Taliban assailants climbed a marketplace soon after entering the city and started attacking the police headquarters from there.

He said the Taliban wanted to capture the police compound, but they could not succeed and were pushed back.

The residents said airstrikes also targeted Taliban’s positions.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahdi claimed the fighters had captured the police headquarters among several key military installions and posts, killing dozens of security forces.

He said no civilian had suffered casualty in firing by the fighters.

It is a developing story and more details will follow.

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