Kabul: Twelve Afghan security forces have been killed and four others wounded when Taliban fighters stormed the compounds of the Maruf district governor in southern Kandahar province.
Zia Durani, spokesman for the provincial chief of police, said Thursday the attack happened the previous evening and that government forces then pushed the Taliban out of the district, AP reported.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yusouf Ahmadi said the Taliban captured Maruf for a few hours and after removing weapons and
other items they left the district.
On Wednesday, multiple rockets had exploded near Kabul's international airport, hours after US defence secretary James Mattis and NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg flew to the Afghan capital for talks with Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani and other top officials.
The volley of missiles struck near the military section of the airport but there were no casualties or immediate claim of responsibility, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP.
The unannounced high-level visit of Mattis and Stoltenberg happened amid the country's beleaguered security forces are struggling to beat back the Taliban, which has been on the offensive since the withdrawal of US-led NATO combat troops at the end of 2014.
US generals have for months been calling the situation in Afghanistan a stalemate, despite years of support for Afghan partners, continued help from a NATO coalition and an overall cost in fighting and reconstruction to the United States of more than $1 trillion.
The war turns 16 in October and America is pressing NATO partners to increase their own troop levels in the country to help Afghan forces get the upper hand in the grinding battle against the Taliban and the Islamic State group.
The resurgent Taliban have promised to turn Afghanistan into a "graveyard" for foreign forces and have been mounting deadly attacks as they maintain their grip on large swathes of the country.
With inputs from agencies
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Updated Date: Sep 28, 2017 16:28:21 IST