Offbeat Taliban fighters launch attack on Afghanistan's Ghazni province

10:32  10 august  2018
10:32  10 august  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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  Taliban, Kabul govt both claim embattled Afghan city Both Taliban and government forces claimed they were in control of the eastern Afghan city of Ghazni Saturday, after insurgents stormed the provincial capital, triggering fierce fighting. Afghan officials said they were in control of Ghazni late Friday with authorities in Kabul saying security forces were conducting a clearance operation targeting Taliban fighters who had taken up positions in residential homes.

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) Fourteen people including a district governor were killed in a Taliban attack in Afghanistan ' s southeastern Ghazni province Thursday, the head of security for the province said. He said Taliban fighters had killed about 20 Afghan security force members.

Fourteen people including a district governor were killed in a Taliban attack in Afghanistan ' s southeastern Ghazni province Thursday, the head of The attack began at about 2 a.m. local time (4:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday) when Taliban fighters attacked the district and police headquarters in

This screen grab taken from AFPTV video on August 10, 2018 shows smoke rising into the air after Taliban militants launched an attack on the Afghan provincial capital Ghazni, with terrified residents cowering in their homes amid explosions and gunfire. - At least one Afghan soldier had been killed and seven others wounded in the fighting in the southeastern city of Ghazni, a provincial governor spokesman told AFP on August 10. (Photo by AFPTV / AFPTV / AFP) (Photo credit should read AFPTV/AFP/Getty Images) © AFPTV/AFP/AFP/Getty Images This screen grab taken from AFPTV video on August 10, 2018 shows smoke rising into the air after Taliban militants launched an attack on the Afghan provincial capital Ghazni, with terrified residents cowering in their homes amid explosions and gunfire. - At least one Afghan soldier had been killed and seven others wounded in the fighting in the southeastern city of Ghazni, a provincial governor spokesman told AFP on August 10. (Photo by AFPTV / AFPTV / AFP) (Photo credit should read AFPTV/AFP/Getty Images)

Taliban forces launched a coordinated attack on the provincial city of Ghazni in Afghanistan, south of the capital Kabul, in the early hours of Friday, according to the government and the Taliban.

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Afghan soldiers fought back as militants converged from four sides of the province, resulting in multiple casualties on all sides, Ghazni provincial government spokesman Mohammad Arif Noori told CNN.

Sporadic gunfire could still be heard in the provincial city as Afghan forces exchanged fire with militants. Noori said that a group of Taliban fighters who had made their way into the city were holed up near the provincial police headquarters and were firing on the building.

Ghazni security forces had managed to drive out most of the Taliban forces from the city center, Noori said.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement to the media that the Taliban entered Ghazni city around 1 a.m. local time (4.30 p.m. Thursday ET) and captured a number of strategic sites within the city.

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after arriving in southern Afghanistan ; Taliban fighters in a cave hideout; U. S . soldiers prepare to On August 23, 2017, the Taliban captured the district of Zana Khan in Ghazni Province after a series of clashes ^ " Taliban launch brazen attack on Afghan parliament, seize second district in north".

On May 23, Taliban fighters launched a new attack in Gelan district of the southeastern province of Ghazni and capture three checkpoints of the Afghan Army and Police Observers also believe that the Taliban attacks on Ghanzi pose a threat to the southern and eastern provinces of Afghanistan .

The statement adds that hundreds of fighters, equipped with heavy and light weapons attacked the city from different directions.

Important institutions and a number of security checkpoints were taken over, the statement reads, and the battle is continuing in an effort to take more. More than 140 Afghan soldiers were killed, according to the statement.

Ongoing violence

The assault is the latest insurgent attack in the country since the Afghan government unilaterally called off a ceasefire that it had in place for Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The Taliban, along with other militant groups such as ISIS, routinely attack military and civilian targets in the country.

At least seven people were killed and more than 15 were wounded in Kabul in a suicide attack at a ministry in early June, and a further 14 people were killed and 60 injured in a suicide bomb attack near Hamid Karzai International Airport in late July. ISIS claimed responsibility for that attack.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Taliban militants are advancing on the Afghan government forces in Ajristan district of Ghazni province in the southeast of Afghanistan , TOLO News reported on Earlier this week, the Taliban launched an attack on the city of Farah in Farah province , western Afghanistan .

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The ongoing violence comes amid the release of a UN report stating the number of Afghan civilians killed in the first six months of this year has reached a record high.

Almost 1,700 civilians were killed from January 1 to June 30, a total higher than any comparable time over the last 10 years, according to the UN.

Late last month, American diplomats met face-to-face with Taliban representatives in Qatar to discuss laying the groundwork for peace talks, according to The Wall Street Journal.

US diplomats met with Taliban representatives in Qatar without Afghan government officials present, the New York Times said, citing two senior Taliban officials.

The State Department did not confirm or deny the talks, which would be a reversal of a longstanding policy and strategy toward the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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