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

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

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

According to the Afghan president's spokesman Shahussain Murtazawi, the two sides discussed the implementation of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace, the fight against terrorism, reducing violence and Afghan peace process.

Javed Bedar, spokesman for Faryab province confirmed the death of a district governor and that the district centre had fallen to Taliban.

General Baba Jan, the commander of the first brigade of 20 Pamir Army Division in Kunduz said earlier in the day: "We will comply with the order and I have asked my soldiers to abide by it; if the enemy tries to disrupt the security of the people in Kunduz, they will be met with strong retaliation".

At least 12 people have been killed and 31 wounded in a suicide bombing at a government ministry in the west of the Afghan capital Kabul.

Noori blamed the Taliban for the attack, although no group has so far claimed responsibility.

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.

Employees were gathered at the entrance of the compound waiting for a bus to take them home when the suicide bomber blew himself up in the crowd, said rural ministry spokesman Faridoon Azhand, who was inside the building at the time.

"We have ordered our forces to defend with all their power if they are attacked by an enemy that has no respect for anything".

While one attacker detonated himself near the building, the other three were killed in a gunfight with security forces, officials said.

Relatives mourn a victim after a deadly suicide attack, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, June 11, 2018.

Afghan Taliban militants on Saturday announced a surprise, three-day ceasefire over the Muslim Eid holiday at the end of this week, ending the fasting month of Ramadan, their first offer of its kind, days after the Government declared an unconditional ceasefire of its own against the Taliban. Pakistan has denied the accusations.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced police and troops would halt hostilities with the Taliban for a week.

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.

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