At Least 10 Killed in Taliban Attacks in Afghanistan

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The attack was the deadliest by the Taliban for several weeks.

"They (Taliban) came and set fire to the district governor's office, killed 30 people, took some equipment of the district with them". Other than the district governor, Ali Dost Shams, all the casualties were security forces, Mohsen said.

According to Associated Press, the blistering attack in the Khwaja Omari district was the latest insurgent assault in Ghazni province.

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"Afghan civilians continue to suffer, caught in the conflict, in ways that are preventable; this must stop now", said Ingrid Hayden, the United Nations secretary-general's deputy special representative for Afghanistan.

Afghan Parliament member Mohammad Arif Rahmani said the district governor, intelligence service director and a deputy police official were killed in the attack, as well as 15 security forces.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman for the Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack in Paktia in a text message sent to the media.

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Fighting went on for about three hours until fresh troops were deployed to the district and the Taliban escaped from the area.

He also confirmed the government's statement that the assault killed three top local officials - the district's governor, intelligence chief and deputy police chief. The Taleban planted mines to prevent government reinforcements from coming to help and quickly took responsibility for the attack.

Mr. Noori said the attackers used heavy weapons and destroyed the district government building, killing all but four of the guards on duty in the early morning hours. Nine other security personnel were also wounded.

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