Kabul blast: At least 12 killed in Afghan ministry attack

Evarado Alatorre
Junio 12, 2018

"A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest at the entrance gate of the ministry. killing and injuring a number of the employees of the ministry", Stanikzai told AFP.

According to Inter Services Public Relations, the media wing of the military, General Bajwa visited Kabul on Tuesday and during his visit, he had exclusive one on one meeting with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani followed by delegations level discussions.

The attack occurred as employees were leaving their offices early for Ramadan, police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said.

The explosion happened at about 1pm local time at the gate of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD).

Aminullah Ayaddin, a provincial council member, said the attack in the Qala-e Zal district unfolded as the soldiers gathered to eat a predawn meal before fasting.

Taliban fighters killed a district governor in northern Afghanistan and kept up the pressure to seize control over some parts of Faryab province, ignoring the temporary ceasefire announced by the government that came into effect on Tuesday.

At least 10 people were wounded, city health department director Najibullah Kamawal told AFP.

"The source reiterated the Kingdom's firm stance and solidarity with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan against extremism and terrorism, extending its condolence and sympathy to the families of the victims and to the government and people of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, wishing the injured a quick recovery", a statement on Saudi Press Agency read.

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In northern Kunduz Province, at least 15 members of the Afghan security forces were killed early on June 11 in an attack by Taliban militants on their security post, officials said.

The Taliban have agreed to a cease-fire coinciding with the three-day Eid Al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

It is the first time the militants have agreed to suspend fighting since the 2001 United States invasion, and the move was largely welcomed by war-weary Afghans. However, they will retaliate with full force in the event of coming under attack.

If it holds, analysts had expressed cautious optimism that the agreements could help build trust between the government and the Taliban and lay the groundwork for peace talks.

The anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.

The latest violence comes as dozens of protesters march hundreds of kilometres towards Kabul to demand an end to the almost 17-year conflict.

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