KABUL: At least 12 people were killed and more than 30 others wounded in a suicide attack on the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MoRRD) in the Afghan capital Kabul, an official said on Monday.
Hashmat Stanikzai, spokesman for the police headquarters in Kabul, told Anadolu Agency a suicide bomber blew his explosives at the entrance of the ministry’s compound when the employees were about to leave for their homes in the afternoon.
“Women are among the victims”, he said, while confirming that 12 people were killed and 30 others injured in the attack. The MoRRD is located in the western Darul Aman neighborhood of Kabul surrounded by other important government offices.
Quoting MoRRD officials, the local Ariana News reported that 13 people were killed in the attack and they all were low-ranking employees at the ministry.
Earlier in the day, a suicide attack was followed by gun fight at the Directorate of Education in the eastern Jalalabad city bordering Pakistan’s restive tribal belt.
Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, informed Anadolu Agency that all four attackers were killed in this attack, and ten civilians got wounded.
There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for either of the attacks.
The attack came after the Afghan government last week announced a temporary cease-fire against the Taliban starting from 27th of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The move was reciprocated by the Taliban with a three-day cease-fire on the occasion of the Muslim holy festival of Eid at the end of the month of Ramadan.
Turkey condemned a suicide attack in Afghanistan’s capital that left at least 12 people dead.
“We learned with sorrow that a terrorist attack perpetrated today at the gate of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development in Kabul resulted in loss of lives of many and left many others wounded,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. (AA)