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Afghan forces in control of key Ghazni compounds

Afghan forces in control of key Ghazni compounds

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Aug 12, 2018 - 17:31

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Afghan Army’s Thunder Military Corps officials on Sunday said reinforcements had arrived in the capital of southern Ghazni province amid ongoing clashes around the city.

On the other hand, some sources said that Talibaninfo-icon militants torched the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) office in Ghazni city.

Hundreds of militants launched a coordinated attack on Ghazni city on Thursday night, sparking fierce clashes with security forces, with both the sides suffering casualties.

Mohammad Farooq, spokesman for the 203 Thunder Military Corps, on Sunday told Pajhwok Afghan News that a number of security forces arrived in Ghazni city on Saturday and more forces were on the way.

He said 110 Taliban insurgents had so far been killed and around 50 others wounded during the battle.

Civilians and Afghan security forces also suffered casualties in the fight, but exact figures were unclear as yet, he added.

Farooq said the Ghazni central jail, the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) headquarters, the police headquarters, the governor’s house and a number of key government offices were in control of the Afghan forces.

A government official in Ghazni city, who wished to go unnamed, told Pajhwok that the Taliban set alight the IEC’s provincial office. However, the official did not provide more details about the incident.

IEC head for Ghazni, Zahir Akbari, confirmed to reporters that the Taliban had torched their office.

All telecommunication services in Ghazni remained suspended since last Friday, leaving unable those trapped to contact their families.

Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid said the fighters captured many districts of the province and the battle was ongoing in Ghazni city.

He said a large number of Afghan soldiers were killed and the Taliban seized many weapons and ammunitions from the government forces.

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