Kabul blast: At least 12 killed in Afghan ministry attack

Postado Junho 12, 2018

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.

There was intense fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban gunmen in the northern provinces of Faryab and Sari Pul, with officials reporting an unspecified number of casualties on both sides.

Bedar said that Taliban had successfully pushed into the district's centre. That was confirmed by provincial police chief Nabi Jan Mullah Khail.

Referring to border fencing, the Army Chief said that this is an obstacle for checking terrorism and not between people of both sides.

"If the Taliban attack us, we need to defend ourselves", he told Al Jazeera.

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 were killed and 31 wounded when a suicide attacker blew himself up outside a government ministry in Kabul on Monday, officials said, as employees were leaving their offices early for Ramzan.

"Woman, children and employees of the (rehabilitation) ministry are among the victims", Najib Danish, spokesman for the interior ministry, said.

An Afghan policeman keeps watch near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan June 11, 2018. Pakistan has denied the accusations.

Ghani on Thursday announced police and troops would halt hostilities with the Taliban for eight days - though he warned that operations against other groups, including Islamic State group, would continue. They said they would continue attacking US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops.

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.

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.