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12 dead, 31 wounded in Kabul attack: health ministry

12 June 2018

The governor of Kohistan district in Faryab was killed along with eight others in an ambush overnight, provincial governor spokesman Jawed Bidar told AFP, blaming the Taliban.

The U.S. military, which has about 15,000 troops in Afghanistan, has pledged to observe the terms of the government truce with the Taliban but has said it will defend itself and its Afghan partners from any attack.

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

Kabul health officials have confirmed at least 13 people were killed and another 26 wounded in a suicide bombing in Kabul's PD 6, in Darulaman area.

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.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the latest attack in the Afghan capital, which comes a day before the government's ceasefire with the Taliban is expected to start.

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

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

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

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced security forces would halt hostilities with the Taliban for a week - though he warned that operations against other groups, including IS, would continue.

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.

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.

12 dead, 31 wounded in Kabul attack: health ministry