Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

12 dead, 31 wounded in Kabul attack: health ministry

12 dead, 31 wounded in Kabul attack: health ministry

A suicide bomber killed at least 13 people at the entrance of an Afghan government building Monday, the day before a truce with Taliban insurgents is supposed to take hold.

The Health Ministry said 13 employees of the Ministry of Rural Development were killed and 25 were wounded when the bomber struck as they were leaving work.

Employees inside the ministry at the time of the attack confirmed hearing a blast.

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. "We are told to stay inside for now".

As government's ceasefire with the Taliban comes into effect, Afghanistan's National Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF) are in a defensive position opposed to being on the offensive.

The Taliban claimed the Faryab attack as well as one in Sayad district of neighbouring Sari Pul where provincial governor spokesman Zabiullah Amani said fighting was still underway. Security forces seized a vehicle loaded with explosives outside the building, said the spokesperson for Attullah Khogyani, the governor of Nangarhar. Three people were also injured.

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The Taliban militants have launched a coordinated attack on Moqor district in southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan on the first day of the cesaefire announced by the Afghan government.

In response, the Afghan Taliban announced a surprise three-day ceasefire over the Muslim Eid holiday in the middle of June.

It is the first time the militants have agreed to suspend fighting since the 2001 U.S. invasion, and the move was largely welcomed by war-weary Afghans.

But with myriad armed groups in Afghanistan, there are still fears that IS could continue to carry out attacks - or even be helped by the Haqqani Network, a brutal arm of the Taliban that is suspected of partnering with IS on attacks in Kabul in the past.

The Taliban's announcement has meanwhile brought renewed hope for the resumption of the stalled peace process between the Afghan government and the militants.

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