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The Latest: Suicide bombing in Afghan capital kills 12

June 11, 2018

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the war in Afghanistan (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

Afghan officials say a suicide bombing outside a government ministry in Kabul has killed 12 people and wounded 31.

Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh confirmed the toll from the attack outside the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry, updating an earlier figure. Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai says a suicide bomber on foot struck as employees were leaving work.

No one immediately claimed the attack, but the Taliban and an Islamic State affiliate regularly strike government targets in the capital and elsewhere.

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10:30 a.m.

An Afghan official says a roadside bomb struck a microbus in the eastern Ghazni province, killing six people.

Arif Noori, a spokesman for the provincial governor, says women and children were among those killed in Monday’s blast, which also wounded three people.

He said the bomb was planted by the Taliban. The insurgents mostly target security forces and government officials, but their roadside bombs often kill civilians.

Noori says that elsewhere in Ghazni, at least three local police and 10 Taliban were killed in clashes.

The Taliban have agreed to a three-day cease-fire to coincide with a Muslim holiday later this week.

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