Militants Kill 11 Policemen in Western Afghanistan

Afghan policemen keep watch during a battle with the Taliban

He said the Taliban forces set buildings on fire but left the area by daylight.

"Afghan civilians continue to suffer, caught in the conflict, in ways that are preventable; this must stop now", said Ingrid Hayden, the United Nations secretary-general's deputy special representative for Afghanistan.

At least seven people including local governor were killed after Taliban insurgents carried out a pre-dawn attack on a compound of the district government in Ghazi, local media reported.

His claim could not be independently confirmed and the government did not immediately respond to it.

Officials say the Afghan Taliban fighters attacked security forces right after a roadside bomb attack in Herat's Shindand district, wounding many and escaping with their weapons.

. Only three rebels were killed and four others wounded, he added.

Rahmani said the Taliban planted mines to stop reinforcements from coming to help the government forces fend off the attack.

Taliban militants stormed security checkpoints with guns and rockets in Larzanak locality, Shindand district late Thursday, killing 10 policemen, the report quoted district Governor Shukrullah Shaker as saying.

Mohammad Arif Noori, a spokesman for the governor of Ghazni Province, said that Taliban insurgents attacked the government compound of Khwaja Umari district.

The insurgent group's spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, told AP over the telephone that after the attack in Khwaja Omari, not far from Ghazni, all security posts in the district were under Taliban control. Nine other security personnel were also wounded.

Shaker, said a roadside mine and a rocket hit a auto carrying police reinforcements sent to the scene, killing the police commander.

Provincial council member said the district had fallen to Taliban, but police rejected the claim.

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