The Latest: Afghan official says sticky bomb destroys tanker

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on a Taliban attack in Afghanistan (all times local):

5:40 p.m.

A district governor in Afghanistan’s Parwan province says a sticky bomb has destroyed an oil tanker outside the Bagram military base north of the Afghan capital Kabul.

U.S. forces are stationed at Bagram.

Bagram District Gov. Abdul Shukoor Qudusi says the driver was wounded in the explosion late Wednesday night, which set several shops in the area on fire.

There were no injuries at the base, which is heavily fortified. No one has yet taken responsibility for the bombing.

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5 p.m.

The United Nations’ Afghanistan assistance mission is urging warring factions in the country to protect civilians, saying the civilian death toll in the first three months of this year is a staggering 763 people.

Most civilians were killed by insurgents, and fewer people were killed by pro-government security forces than previously, said the U.N. quarterly report.

The report comes as Afghans prepare to bury Ali Dost Shams, the district governor killed in an overnight attack by Taliban fighters in central Ghazni province.

“Afghan civilians continue to suffer, caught in the conflict, in ways that are preventable; this must stop now,” said Ingrid Hayden, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan.

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9:50 a.m.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for a blistering attack on a government compound in Afghanistan’s central province of Ghazni that killed at least 15 members of the security forces.

The insurgent group’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, told The Associated Press over the telephone that after the attack in the Khuja Omari district, not far from the provincial capital also called Ghazni, all security posts in the district were under Taliban control.

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

Mujahid gave a higher casualty figure among the Afghan forces, which the Taliban often do, and a significantly lower death toll among the insurgent attackers.

He also confirmed the government’s statement that the assault killed three top local officials — the district’s governor, intelligence chief and deputy police chief.

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9 a.m.

A lawmaker in the Afghan Parliament said three top district officials and several security forces were killed in a Taliban attack on a government compound in Ghazni province.

Lawmaker Mohammad Arif Rahmani said the attack early Thursday morning in Khuja Omari district killed the district governor, intelligence service director and a deputy police official. Fifteen security forces were killed.

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

Rahmani said the district is very close to the provincial capital, Ghazni city.

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8 a.m.

Police say Taliban fighters attacked a district compound in central Afghanistan overnight, killing at least six government security forces in several hours of fighting.

Ramazan Ali Moseni, a deputy chief police in Ghazni province, said 25 Taliban were killed in the gunbattle that started Wednesday night and lasted into the morning.

Moseni said the Taliban fighters stormed the secure compound in Khuja Omari district and the security forces who were there were joined later by government reinforcements.

He said eight government security forces were wounded in the fighting.

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