Afghanistan: dozens dead as Taliban attack Ghazni, officials say

Afghanistan: dozens dead as Taliban attack Ghazni, officials say

Many killed in overnight attack on provincial capital before troops force militants out

Taliban fighters armed with heavy weapons have tried to overrun a provincial capital in Afghanistan, attacking security forces and killing at least 14 police officers in Ghazni overnight before being pushed back, officials said.

US attack helicopters and drone aircraft provided government forces with air support. But as smoke rose across the city on Friday morning, witnesses reported bodies lying in the streets.

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