Published: Tue, June 12, 2018

Women, children among victims in deadly Afghanistan bomb attacks

Women, children among victims in deadly Afghanistan bomb attacks

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

In the meantime, a security official said the militants have detonated a Humvee armored personnel carrier packed with the explosives near the district security commandment compound.

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

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the latest attack in the Afghan capital, a day before the government's separate ceasefire with the Taliban is due to start.

"The ceasefire went on effect this morning", interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said.

The attack, which IS claimed via their Amaq propaganda agency, killed 13 people and wounded 31, said Mr. Azhand.

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

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.

The attacks come as Pakistan's powerful army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visits Kabul where he was set to meet with President Ashraf Ghani, Pakistan's military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said. Pakistan has denied the accusations.

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.

Even troops in Ghazni have said they will observe the ceasefire.

Afghan Taliban militants on Saturday announced a surprise three-day ceasefire over the Muslim Eid holiday at the end of this week, their first offer of its kind, days after the government declared an unconditional ceasefire of its own against the Taliban.

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

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.

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