Afghan Taliban launch fresh attacks as government ceasefire starts

Afghan Taliban launch fresh attacks as government ceasefire starts

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.

Taliban fighters have killed a district governor in northern Afghanistan while clashes are ongoing elsewhere, despite the start of a government ceasefire, officials said.

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

Bedar said that Taliban had successfully pushed into the district's centre. "We have asked for more reinforcements".

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing.

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.

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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.

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

President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced a ceasefire with the Taliban after a religious scholars meeting in Kabul last Monday where they issued a fatwa against the ongoing war in the country.

COAS congratulated Afghanistan authorities on recent peace initiatives especially in respect of the holy month of Ramadan/ Eid and wished that these steps gain more of permanence ultimately leading towards an enduring peace. Pakistan has denied the accusations.

In northern Kunduz Province, at least 15 members of the Afghan security forces were killed early on June 11 in an attack by Taliban militants on their security post, officials said. They said they would continue attacking US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops.

But with myriad armed groups in Afghanistan, there are still fears that IS could continue to carry out attacks - or even be helped by the Haqqani Network, a brutal arm of the Taliban that is suspected of partnering with IS on attacks in Kabul in the past.

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