Afghan officials say at least 15 people have been killed, including a district governor, after Taliban militants attacked a district government compound in southeastern Afghanistan.
The attack was the deadliest by the Taliban for several weeks.
The pre-dawn attack on Khwaja Omari, one of the few safe districts in the province, involved scores of militants who burned down the district building after the attack 120 km to the southwest of Kabul.
A United Nations report showed on Thursday that ordinary Afghans are increasingly in the crosshairs of militants, with the number of civilians killed or wounded in attacks deliberately targeting them more than doubling in the first quarter.
Anti-government elements also continued to direct attacks against the minority Shiite community, with 154 of its members killed or wounded, "nearly all from suicide and complex attacks" claimed by ISIS, the report said.
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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. Fifteen security forces were killed.
The attackers stormed the secure compound in Khuja Omari district last night, setting off hours of fighting with security forces, Ramazan Ali Moseni, a deputy chief police in Ghazni province, said. The attackers planted mines to prevent government reinforcements from coming and quickly took responsibility for the attack.
Fighting went on for about three hours until fresh troops were deployed to the district and the Taliban escaped from the area.
"The attack is over and the district is under the control of Afghan security forces after reinforcement forces rushed to the scene following the Taliban attack", Mohsini added.