Taliban briefly overrun Afghan district
The Taliban briefly overran a district seat in eastern Afghanistan, torching government buildings and capturing police officers after an intense gunfight, officials said yesterday.
The government was back in control of Ghazni province's Khogyani district headquarters a few hours later, said Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary, who did not have any information on casualties.
Local police chief Mohammad Yasin, who wasn't there during the attacks, said government buildings were captured and set on fire.
All the police guarding the district headquarters were either killed or taken prisoner, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said, and their weapons and vehicles were confiscated.