COAS meets Afghan president during Kabul visit

Lester Mason
June 12, 2018

There was intense fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban gunmen in the northern provinces of Faryab and Sari Pul, with officials reporting an unspecified number of casualties on both sides.

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

Arif Noori, governor's spokesman in Ghazni, says 26 others, including a district governor and 18 policemen, were wounded in the Tuesday morning attack in Muqar district.

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

At least 12 people were killed and 31 wounded when a suicide attacker blew himself up among government ministry employees in Kabul who had left work early for Ramadan and were waiting to take a bus home, officials said.

ISIS has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, although there's no evidence of the terror group's involvement.

IS claimed the attack via their Amaq propaganda agency.

"Woman, children and employees of the (rehabilitation) ministry are among the victims", Najib Danish, spokesman for the interior ministry, said.

It would last from the "27th of Ramadan until the fifth day of Eid-al-Fitr", he said, indicating it could run from June 12-19. Pakistan has denied the accusations.

According to Inter Services Public Relations, the media wing of the military, General Bajwa visited Kabul on Tuesday and during his visit, he had exclusive one on one meeting with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani followed by delegations level discussions.

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.

While one attacker detonated himself near the building, the other three were killed in a gunfight with security forces, officials said.

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.

Both IS and the Taliban have carried out deadly attacks in Kabul in recent months.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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