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Taliban claim capturing Ghazni’s Ab-i-Band district

Taliban claim capturing Ghazni’s Ab-i-Band district

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Sep 20, 2018 - 14:51

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): The Talibaninfo-icon on Thursday claimed capturing the Ab-i-Band district of southern Ghazni province following last night coordinated attack that killed five police and injured three others including the district police chief.

A member of the Ghazni provincial council, Asmatullah Jamradwal, confirmed the Taliban attack on security posts in the Ab-i-Band district. He said the ensuing clashes stretched into Thursday morning, leaving five police dead and three others wounded.

But the governor’s spokesman, Mohammad Arif Noori, said two policemen were killed and four others including the district police chief, Ziaul Haq, were injured in the attack.

He said several Taliban assailants also suffered casualties in the firefight and currently clearing operation was underway in the area.

A Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the fighters overran all areas of the Ab-i-Band district during last night attacks on the district security posts, the police building and the district administration office.

He said nearly a dozen police were killed and several others wounded in the attack. He said three tanks and four police ranger vehicles were destroyed and the fighters seized a number of weapons and ammunition.

The security situation has recently deteriorated in Ghazni.

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