Kabul blast: At least 12 killed in Afghan ministry attack

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

Mohammad Arif Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor in Ghazni, said the Taliban fighters hit the first checkpoint of a district governor house's compound that left five Afghan security forces dead and 26 others injured, including the district governor.

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

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

Javed Bedar, spokesman for Faryab province confirmed the death of a district governor and that the district centre had fallen to Taliban.

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

At least 12 people have been killed and 31 wounded in a suicide bombing at a government ministry in the west of the Afghan capital Kabul.

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.

"A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest at the entrance gate of the ministry. killing and injuring a number of the employees of the ministry", Stanikzai said.

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

"We have ordered our forces to defend with all their power if they are attacked by an enemy that has no respect for anything".

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

A spokesman for the provincial governor blamed the Taliban, which recently declared a temporary ceasefire until the end of the Eid Muslim holiday. Pakistan has denied the accusations.

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.

If it holds, analysts had expressed cautious optimism that the agreements could help build trust between the government and the Taliban and lay the groundwork for peace talks.

Kabul security officials are speculating some of the recent attacks could be associated with a Taliban affiliate.

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