Taliban launch attacks as Afghan government ceasefire starts

Afghanistan At least twelve killed in Kabul suicide blast

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.

"Pakistan wishes to see a national unity government in Kabul and US/NATO succeeding to bring peace in Afghanistan", Asif Ghafoor, the official spokesman Pakistan's Armed Forces tweeted.

The attack occurred as employees were leaving their offices early for Ramadan, police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said.

The Health Ministry said 13 employees of the Ministry of Rural Development were killed and 25 were wounded when the bomber struck as they were leaving work.

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

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.

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.

Afghan President thanked the COAS for his visit and recent security initiatives undertaken for peace and stability.

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

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 Taliban, the largest insurgent group in Afghanistan, has pledged to observe its own, shorter truce during that same period, coinciding with the three days of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim religious holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

It is the first time the militants have agreed to suspend fighting since the 2001 USA invasion, and the move was largely welcomed by war-weary Afghans.

Relatives mourn a victim after a deadly suicide attack in Kabul on June 11.

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

Afghanistan has blamed Pakistan for giving assistance to the Taliban and other insurgent groups.

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