Taliban kills 16, injures 40 in Afghanistan

Ghazni: At least 16 people were killed as the Taliban launched a brazen attack on the strategic Afghan city of Ghazni on Friday, seizing a number of buildings and trading fire with security forces. Afghan soldiers fought back as the heavily-armed militants converged from four sides of the city.

Ghazni public health director Zahir Shah Nikmall confirmed the toll and said at least 40 people were injured, the majority of them Afghan security forces, reports said.

The clashes erupted after hundreds of Taliban insurgents stormed important government entities including National Directorate for Security and provincial governor’s office.

The militants later retreated from their positions and operations were underway to wipe out militants from in and around the city.

(With inputs from agencies)