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Taliban launch major attack on Afghan city, casualties: officials

GHAZNI: Taliban militants have launched an attack on an Afghan provincial capital and heavy fighting is under way as security forces try to beat them back, with terrified residents cowering in their homes amid explosions and gunfire. At least one Afghan soldier has been killed and seven others wounded in the fighting in the southeastern city of Ghazni, provincial governor spokesman Arif Noori told the news agency on Friday. Civilian houses and army checkpoints have come under mortar attack and the bodies of dozens of…

Afghan district governor among seven killed in Taliban attack: officials

GHAZNI, Afghanistan: Taliban militants launched a pre-dawn raid on a district government compound in Afghanistan on Thursday, killing at least seven people including the local governor, officials said. Six police also died and nine intelligence officers were wounded in the attack on the Khwaja Omari district headquarters in the southeastern province of Ghazni, provincial governor spokesman Aref Noori told AFP. The militants used a ladder to climb into the compound in the early hours of Thursday, deputy provincial…