12 dead, 31 wounded in Kabul attack: health ministry

Elias Hubbard
June 13, 2018

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

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

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.

Noori said that elsewhere in Ghazni, at least three local police and 10 Taliban were killed in clashes.

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. Security forces seized a vehicle loaded with explosives outside the building, said the spokesperson for Attullah Khogyani, the governor of Nangarhar.

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

In another incident, an explosion inside a house in Kabul killed one person and wounded three others, Stanikzai said.

- Storm before the calm?

The attack comes as security has deteriorated in the city during recent months ahead of elections scheduled for October.

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

Both sides have vowed to retaliate if attacked during the ceasefire.

The anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.

The Taliban militants have launched a coordinated attack on Moqor district in southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan on the first day of the cesaefire announced by the Afghan government.

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 latest violence comes as dozens of protesters march hundreds of kilometres towards Kabul to demand an end to the almost 17-year conflict.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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