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15 killed in Taliban gun attack on compound

By David Reed

Fifteen people have been killed after the Taliban stormed a government compound in central Afghanistan.

Yesterday morning's raid triggered a lengthy gun battle, with Afghan forces eventually driven out. The dead included three top local officials.

The attack in the Khuja Omari district was the latest insurgent assault in Ghazni province, which is now largely under Taliban control.

The Taliban planted mines to prevent government reinforcements from going to help, and quickly took responsibility for the attack.

The insurgent group's spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said that after the attack in Khuja Omari - not far from the provincial capital also called Ghazni - all security posts in the district were under Taliban control.

The district centre, however, is still in government hands.

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