Taliban kill Afghan district governor despite truce

  • Taliban kill Afghan district governor despite truce

Taliban kill Afghan district governor despite truce

Arif Noori, a spokesman for the provincial governor, says women and children were among those killed in the explosion.

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.

According to the Afghan president's spokesman Shahussain Murtazawi, the two sides discussed the implementation of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace, the fight against terrorism, reducing violence and Afghan peace process.

Bedar said that Taliban had successfully pushed into the district's centre.

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.

Aminullah Ayaddin, a provincial council member, said the attack in the Qala-e Zal district unfolded as the soldiers gathered to eat a predawn meal before fasting.

"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 told AFP.

"Last night direction was given to all regions to respect the ceasefire, however forces were asked to defend if they were attacked", said MoI spokemsna Najib Danish.

Kabul is the deadliest place in Afghanistan for civilians.

This comes as President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced that the government has made a decision to a ceasefire with the Taliban group starting from 27th of the holy month of Ramadan until 5th day of Eid.

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

The militants have also said their ceasefire does not extend to US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces, while Kabul said operations against foreign fighters including the Islamic State group will continue.

IS has claimed responsibility for many attacks in Kabul but security officials say several are much more likely to be the work of the Haqqani network, a group affiliated with the Taliban.

In another incident in Kunduz province, 15 security personnel were killed after a suspected attack by the Taliban, Pajhwok news agency reported.

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.