Taliban overrun district in eastern Afghanistan

November 1, 2010 09:40


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KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban on Monday briefly overran a district in eastern Afghanistan, torching government buildings and capturing police officers after an intense gunfight, officials said.

The government was back in control of Ghazni province's Khogyani district a few hours later, said Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary, who did not have any information on casualties.

Local police chief Mohammad Yasin, who wasn't there during the attacks, said government buildings were capture and set on fire.

All the police guarding the district headquarters were either killed or captured, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said, and their weapons and vehicles were confiscated.

He put out a press release later saying the Taliban had left the district after damaging the headquarters.

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