Taliban launches major attack on Afghan city, casualties

Afghanistan's defence ministry said the army helped the police and that Ghazni city was now under control of government forces

The defense ministry in Kabul said the attackers had been beaten back but were still present in one area of the city and had occupied civilian houses, from where they were still keeping up occasional fire on security forces clearing the area.

Joseph Votel, the commander of US Central Command has said that the US will continue putting military, social and political pressure on the Taliban to press the group to come to the negotiating table.

The attack on Ghazni, the first major urban assault since May, came as Afghan and US officials have been urging the Taliban to begin peace talks and agree to a second cease-fire after a successful three-day truce in June.

After repulsing the first assault, police conducted house-to-house searches for remaining Taliban fighters.

The heavily-armed militants stormed Ghazni, located south of the capital, Kabul. So far two civilians were wounded, but Hemat said the city is shut down and ambulances are not being sent out.

The Taliban issued a statement claiming to have captured "most of government buildings inside the city".

Mr. Mashal said 12 police had been wounded and there were more than 100 other casualties.

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The militants took control of parts of the city before being pushed back to the outskirts, officials said.

Police officials told AP that dozens of Taliban fighters were killed by the airstrikes.

Earlier, Mashal said the Taliban waged attacks at 12am midnight on security posts soon after entering the city from various directions.

Friday morning's assault on Ghazni was the latest in a string of attempts by the Taliban to overrun urban centers since the Afghan government called off a unilateral ceasefire with the militant group that was in place for Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of Islam's holy month of Rmadan.

Lieutenant Colonel Martin O'Donnell, a spokesman for USA forces in Afghanistan, said American forces and United States attack helicopters assisted Afghan troops in pushing back the Taliban during the night's multiple attacks in Ghazni.

Lt. Col. Martin O'Donnell, a spokesman for USA forces in Afghanistan, said American forces and US attack helicopters flew in overnight.

The US disputed that figure, saying initial reports indicated there were "minimal Afghan security force casualties".

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"I personally believe that every country in Asia including China has the right to talk about the presence of foreign forces in the country and it is the right of the Chinese government", said former Taliban commander Sayed Akbar Agha.

Local residents said Taliban fighters were walking openly in the streets in parts of the city.

Another Taliban attack, on Thursday night in western Herat province, left six policemen dead in the district of Obe, according to the governor's spokesman, Gelani Farhad.

Safiullah, a resident of Ghazni City, said the Taliban assailants climbed a marketplace soon after entering the city and started attacking the police headquarters from there.

The insurgents have stepped up attacks across the country since North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the United States formally ended their combat mission in 2014, and have seized control of several districts.

As the USA and Taliban explore the next round of direct talks, attacks like the one Friday on Ghazni are a reminder of the pressure faced by Afghanistan's security forces.

An Islamic State affiliate has carried out dozens of deadly attacks in recent years, mainly targeting security forces and minority Shiites.

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