11 policemen killed in W. Afghan attack

11 policemen killed in W. Afghan attack

Two armored Humvees were destroyed in the attack in Shindand district, Farhad said.

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.

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 ISIS, the report said.

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"Our mujahideen have confiscated weapons and ammunition", Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.

Government forces retook control of Khawaja Omari district, one of the most secure regions of Ghazni province, from the Taliban just hours after the group attacked state buildings and offices early Thursday morning, local officials confirmed.

A United Nations report showed on Thursday that ordinary Afghans are increasingly in the crosshairs of militants, with the number of civilians killed or wounded in attacks deliberately targeting them more than doubling in the first quarter.

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Provincial council member said the district had fallen to Taliban, but police rejected the claim.

A lawmaker in the Afghan Parliament, Mohammad Arif Rahmani, said the district governor, intelligence service director and a deputy police official were among those killed in Thursday's attack. Fifteen security forces were killed.

Police say Taliban fighters attacked a district compound in central Afghanistan overnight, killing at least six government security forces in several hours of fighting.

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Deputy Police Chief Ramazan Ali told Pajhwok Afghan News that five NDS personnel, eight policemen were killed and 10 others wounded during the overnight assault.

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