Afghan district governor among 15 killed after Taliban attack govt compound

District governor among 12 killed in militant attack in eastern Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Taliban attack kills Ghazni's district Governor

Afghan officials say at least 15 people have been killed, including a district governor, after Taliban militants attacked a district government compound in southeastern Afghanistan.

Anti-government elements also continued to direct attacks against the minority Shiite community, with 154 of its members killed or wounded, "nearly all from suicide and complex attacks" claimed by IS, the report said.

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The Taliban used heavy weapons, he said.

The Taliban controls large swaths of Ghazni, a strategic province near the border with Pakistan.

Elsewhere, the Taliban stormed an Afghan Local Police (ALP) check-post in the Kanjak area of the Imam Sahib district of northern Kunduz province.

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Afghan officials often give conflicting casualty figures immediately after an attack. Rahmani said the attackers planted mines to stop reinforcements from coming to help the government forces fend off the attack.

The United Nations' Afghanistan assistance mission is urging warring factions in the country to protect civilians, saying the civilian death toll in the first three months of this year is a staggering 763 people. Later, the Taliban left the headquarters and government security forces returned.

"Reinforcement troops arrived in the area after half an hour and took control of security in the area and conducted a clearance operation", Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said.

The latest figures come as U.S. and Afghan forces intensify ground and air offensives ahead of the traditional spring fighting season, which some expect to be particularly bloody this year.

The Taliban are under pressure to take up President Ashraf Ghani's offer of peace talks but so far they have not responded directly to the proposal.

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