13 dead in ‘IS attack’ on Afghan Ministry

12 June, 2018, 23:28 | Author: Wade Massey
  • 13 dead in ‘IS attack’ on Afghan Ministry

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

The explosion took place when employees were leaving their offices early for Ramadan.

The blast occurred at the main gate of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, police and health ministry spokesmen told AFP.

A week ago, a motorcycle suicide bomber killed 14 people near a gathering of Muslim clerics in the Afghan capital after they had issued an edict against suicide bombings, officials said, in the latest in a series of attacks to hit Kabul.

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.

Noori blamed the Taliban for the attack, although no group has so far claimed responsibility. A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to the education department, triggering a fierce battle between gunmen and Afghan security forces, said Nangarhar provincial Governor's spokesman Attaullah Khogyani.

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

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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.

The militants have also said their ceasefire does not extend to US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces, while Kabul said operations against foreign fighters including the Islamic State group will continue.

Kabul security officials are speculating some of the recent attacks could be associated with a Taliban affiliate. However, they will retaliate with full force in the event of coming under attack.

Even troops in Ghazni have said they will observe the ceasefire.

This comes as President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced that the government has chose to a ceasefire with the Taliban group starting from 27th of the holy month of Ramadan until 5th day of Eid.

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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