Terrified Ghazni residents cowered in their homes amid explosions and gunfire as security forces fought to beat the insurgents back.
'We are scared for our life.
"We have discovered and transported 40 bodies from the area so far", Chinartu district Governor Faiz Mohammad said on August 9. "We are terrified", Yasan wrote in a Facebook post.
The militants took control of parts of the city before being pushed back to the outskirts, officials said.
The Taliban claimed they had downed the "enemy" helicopter in Ghazni but Radmanish said it was not immediately clear if the helicopter had been hit or crash landed due to other reasons.
The Taliban issued a statement claiming to have captured "most of the government buildings inside the city", and claiming to have killed and wounded 140 security forces.
While government security forces in the city of Ghazni repulsed the multipronged attack with the help of USA air support, Taliban insurgents remained hunkered down on its outskirts, and some were still holed up in residential areas, according to Interior Ministry deputy spokesman, Nasrat Rahimi.
USA attack helicopters aided Afghan forces and there was a drone strike, he added. After a day of intense fighting, Afghan commandos and United States air strikes drove the group to the outskirts of the city.
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The defence 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.
The US said that the city remained under government control.
The insurgents frequently exaggerate their battlefield gains and downplay losses incurred during fighting.
They came close to repeating the feat in 2016, and in May this year they almost overran the western city of Farah before being beaten back with the aid of USA forces.
He later told the Associated Press, however, that continued fighting had required US aircraft to return to the city in a "show of presence".
However there are tentative signs that diplomatic efforts to bring the insurgents to the table for peace talks may be starting to bear fruit. US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces remain in Afghanistan mainly in a supporting and training role in the 17-year-old war.
Secret talks were recently held in Qatar between Taliban and USA officials after an unprecedented three-day ceasefire during Eid celebrations in June that was largely respected by both sides.
The Taliban attack came as Ghazni contemplated a cease-fire offer to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha later this month.