In Advance of Cease-Fires, Bombings in Afghanistan Kill at Least 18

Source: The New York Times

By Jawad Sukhanyar andRod Nordland

KABUL, Afghanistan — Suicide bombers struck a government building in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Monday, killing at least 17 people, Afghan officials said.

Another government office, in the eastern city of Jalalabad, was also a bombing target on Monday, but no one was killed. A bomb detonated prematurely in a third location, killing one person.

An Afghan police officer inspects the scene of a suicide bomb attack in Jalalabad in which 15 people were wounded.CreditGhulamullah Habibi/EPA, via Shutterstock

The deaths came on the eve of separate but overlapping cease-fires, one declared by the Afghan government and the other by the Taliban insurgency, to mark the end of Ramadan, the holy month of daytime fasting.

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