Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

At least 12 dead, 31 wounded in Kabul govt building attack

The explosion took place when employees were leaving their offices early for Ramadan The explosion took place when employees were leaving their offices early for Ramadan
Steven Clarke | 12 June, 2018, 23:30

"The ceasefire went on effect this morning", interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said.

"An explosion happened at the exit gate of the ministry", Daud Naimi, spokesman for the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, told AFP.

Taliban fighters have killed a district governor in northern Afghanistan while clashes are ongoing elsewhere, despite the start of a government ceasefire, officials said.

Police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai confirmed at least 12 people had been killed, including women, and another 20 wounded.

"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.

The three wounded were detained after police found explosives, including suicide vests, in the building they suspect was being used by militants planning attacks in the city.

Although the group said it would halt attacks on state forces for three days, it vowed to continue operations against foreign troops.

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Taliban and IS militants have stepped up their attacks on Kabul in particular in recent years, making it the deadliest place in the country for civilians. However, they will retaliate with full force in the event of coming under attack.

Talking to Commander RSM, the COAS said that Pakistan desires that US/ NATO forces must succeed and leave behind a peaceful and stable Afghanistan, the ISPR mentioned.

The visit comes as the Afghan president announced the first unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban, coinciding with the end of the Muslim fasting month.

The violence occurred just before the government is due to begin a week-long truce with Taliban insurgents Tuesday.

IS has claimed responsibility for many attacks in Kabul but security officials say several are much more likely to be the work of the Haqqani network, a group affiliated with the Taliban.

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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