The Taliban: How it began, and what it wants

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The Taliban: How it began, and what it wants

Taliban militants over-ran a district in Afghanistan's Ghazni province on Thursday, killing more than a dozen people including the district's governor before retreating, a police official said.

Meanwhile, Taliban militants have confirmed the fight and claiming they have captured the district headquarters of Khawja Omari district.

The attack began at about 2 a.m. local time (4:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday) when Taliban fighters attacked the district and police headquarters in Khwaja Omari district, said the Ghazni provincial governor's spokesman, Mohammad Arif Noori.

The head of security for Ghazni province, Ramazan Ali Mohsen, said five people were injured in addition to the 14 dead.

"Our mujahideen have confiscated weapons and ammunition", Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said."In the attack three mujahideen were martyred and four others were wounded".

Around 45 insurgents were also killed and several others wounded, he said, adding: "Taliban have set alight the district office complex, but reinforcement arrived at the district and now the situation under control".

Confirming the news, an official statement read, "Ali Shams Dost was killed with seven other policemen during the clashes and some parts of the district governor's compound was also torched".

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