Daesh claims deadly suicide attack at entrance of Kabul ministry

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Relatives stand over a victim at a hospital after a suicide attack in Kabul on June 11, 2018. (Mohammad Ismail/Reuters)
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Relatives stand over a victim at a hospital after a suicide attack in Kabul on June 11, 2018. (Mohammad Ismail/Reuters)
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Relatives of the victims mourn at a hospital after a suicide attack in Kabul on June 11, 2018. (REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail)
Updated 11 June 2018
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Daesh claims deadly suicide attack at entrance of Kabul ministry

  • The Public Health Ministry said that 13 employees of the Ministry of Rural Development were killed and 25 wounded when the bomber let off explosives as officials left for home at the end of a fasting day.
  • The strike came hours after four assailants, one of them a suicide bomber, tried to storm the Department of Education in the eastern city of Jalalabad. 

KABUL: Daesh claimed responsibility for a suicide attack that killed more than a dozen Afghans at an entrance to a government ministry in Kabul on Monday, less than a day before the beginning of a truce by Kabul with the Taliban insurgents.

Women were among the casualties, Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai told reporters. The Public Health Ministry said that 13 employees of the Ministry of Rural Development were killed and 25 wounded when the bomber let off explosives as officials left for home at the end of a fasting day. The toll could go higher, one official said.

“Some had just received their salaries and were heading home to purchase goods for Eid,” Ahmad Saleem, a ministry official, told Arab News. “This attack turned their happiness into mourning.”

The strike came hours after four assailants, one of them a suicide bomber, tried to storm the Department of Education in the eastern city of Jalalabad. 

A group of civilians were wounded in that attack, which was foiled by security forces, government officials said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the Jalalabad attack, but Daesh on its Amaq website said that it was behind the Kabul one, which occurred less than a day before the enforcement of a week-long truce, starting on Tuesday, by the government with the Taliban insurgents.

President Ashraf Ghani traveled on Monday to the southern city of Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban, where he is expected to declare the beginning of the cease-fire tomorrow, officials said.The truce does not cover Daesh and other foreign militant networks.

The Taliban, the main insurgent group, also pledged to observe a truce during the three days of the key Muslim religious festival, Eid Al-Fitr, likely to fall on Friday, but has vowed to continue its attacks against US-led troops.The desire of both sides to observe a truce is the first of its kind since the current conflict started in late 2001 with the ousting of the Taliban in a US-led attack. The US, which leads the war against the insurgents, has pledged to observe the government’s terms of truce with the Taliban only.

But the two parties have been locked in heavy clashes in various parts of the country ahead of the enforcement of the planned cease-fire. Over a dozen Afghan security forces were killed in Taliban attacks overnight in northern Kunduz province, where days back nearly 20 other government combatants, in addition to several dozen others, lost their lives elsewhere in the country.

 


Greek authorities rescue 21 migrants adrift off usual route

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Greek authorities rescue 21 migrants adrift off usual route

  • Most illegal migrants from Turkey to Greece take the eastern shorter route to Aegean Sea islands
  • Greek authorities also detained a Syrian national suspected of smuggling people
THESSALONIKI: Greek authorities say they have rescued 21 migrants found adrift in a small boat in a section of the northeastern Aegean Sea off the usual illegal immigration route.
The migrants were located Thursday between the island of Samothraki and the northeastern port of Alexandroupoli, after Greek authorities received an emergency call reporting their boat was in trouble.
Most migrants entering Greece illegally by sea from Turkey prefer the much shorter crossing to the eastern Aegean Sea islands, and the longer, northern route is rarely used.
Also Thursday, police in the northeastern region of Thrace said they detained nine Syrian and Afghan migrants found squashed into a car that was being driven west after crossing the land border from Turkey.
The driver, a 20-year-old Syrian, was arrested on suspicion of people-smuggling.