Over 2 dozen people killed in militant attack in eastern Afghanistan

Over two dozen people including 15 civilians have been confirmed dead as militants attacked Jaghori district in the eastern Ghazni province on Sunday, police said, Xinhua reported.

"The attack conducted by Taliban rebels in Hotqul area of Jaghori district at 3:00 a.m. local time has claimed 25 lives, including 15 civilians and 10 security personnel," police spokesman in the restive province Ahmad Khan Sirat told Xinhua.

More than a dozen more civilians and security personnel have been injured in the fighting, he confirmed.

According to the spokesman, the fighting was over at 7:00 a.m. local time after the "Taliban suffered casualties" and fled the area.

The militant group has also confirmed fighting in Hotqul area, claiming 25 security personnel have been killed.

Taliban militants launched surprise offensive against the peaceful Jaghori district on Wednesday and since then sporadic fighting has been reported.