Friday, 17 August, 2018

Taliban kill Afghan officials as government's ceasefire kicks in

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
Kenny Thornton | 12 June, 2018, 23:28

Arif Noori, governor's spokesman in Ghazni, says 26 others, including a district governor and 18 policemen, were wounded in the Tuesday morning attack in Muqar district.

Elsewhere, militants raided a government building in the eastern city of Jalalabad in Nangarhar province, prompting terrified employees to jump out of the windows, officials said.

"Casualties among those children is possible but for the moment we don't know exactly", he said.

He said the militants had seized control of the district.

Both attacks were claimed by IS.

"The battle is ongoing as we have asked for immediate reinforcements".

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.

The Taliban claimed the Faryab attack as well as one in Sayad district of neighbouring Sari Pul, where provincial governor's spokesman Zabiullah Amani said fighting was still under way.

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Employees were gathered at the entrance of the compound waiting for a bus to take them home when the suicide bomber blew himself up among 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".

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.

Pakistan has always been accused of supporting the Taliban and providing safe haven to its leaders - charges Islamabad denies.

The government will continue its operations against other groups, such as IS, during the ceasefire.

The Humvee was taken earlier by Taliban forces from the Afghan forces in a separate attack, said Noori.

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

In another incident in Kunduz province, 15 security personnel were killed after a suspected attack by the Taliban, Pajhwok news agency reported.

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