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.
However, officials said the Taliban set fire to the district governor’s building.
The district governor Ali Dost Shams was killed in the attack along with 15 security force members and civilians.
Deputy police chief of Ghazni Ramazan Ali said 50 Taliban militants were also killed in the clash.
“Five National Directorate of Security operatives, Khwaja Omari district governor and seven police force members were martyred (in the attack),” he added.
“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.
Dost, who lost his life in the attack, was appointed to the post three years ago.
The center of Khwaja Omari district is 10kms far from Ghazni City and shares a border with Jaghato district of Wardak province.
“They (Taliban) came and set fire to the district governor’s office, killed 30 people, took some equipment of the district with them. Then what is the meaning of a collapse?” asked Aref Rahmani, an MP from Ghazni.
“Thirty military personnel and civilians were killed. It is a high figure,” said Nasir Ahmad Faqiri, a member of Ghazni provincial council.