Kabul blast: At least 12 killed in Afghan ministry attack

Kabul blast: At least 12 killed in Afghan ministry attack

As government's ceasefire with the Taliban comes into effect, Afghanistan's National Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF) are in a defensive position opposed to being on the offensive.

A member of the Taliban insurgent.

The cease-fire, which President Ashraf Ghani announced in a bid to move his country closer to peace, does not cover the Islamic State or other foreign militants in Afghanistan.

It was not clear exactly when the Taliban ceasefire would begin, as Eid starts when the moon is first sighted, but it will likely be Thursday or Friday.

The Taliban on Saturday issued a statement saying it had ordered its fighters not to clash with Afghan security forces for the first three days of Eid.

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.

"If the Taliban attack us, we need to defend ourselves", he told Al Jazeera.

In Ghazni, a southern province, insurgents placed a Humvee vehicle auto bomb near the house of a district governor on Tuesday.

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

Fighting was also underway in Sar-e-Pul, a northern province where the insurgents had captured two checkpoints.

Rawalpindi: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that recently agreed Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Stability (APAPPS) is expected to bring more cooperation and coordination between the two countries.

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 are suspected of partnering with IS on attacks in Kabul in the past.

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

Kabul is the deadliest place in Afghanistan for civilians.

Ghani in February offered recognition to the Taliban as a legitimate political group in a proposed political process that he said could lead to talks to end more than 16 years of war.



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