Taliban militants launched a pre-dawn raid on a district government compound in Afghanistan yesterday, killing at least seven people including the local governor, officials said.
Six police also died and 10 intelligence officers were wounded in the attack on the Khwaja Omari district headquarters in the southeastern province of Ghazni, the provincial governor's spokesman Aref Noori told AFP.
The militants used a ladder to climb into the compound in the early hours of yesterday, deputy provincial police chief Ramazan Ali Mohsini told AFP.
Mohsini put the death toll at 13, including the governor, police and intelligence officers, adding scores of Taliban fighters were also killed but that could not be immediately confirmed.
Afghan officials often give conflicting casualty figures immediately after an attack.
"The attack is over and the district is under the control of Afghan security forces after reinforcement forces rushed to the scene following the Taliban attack," Mohsini added.