Afghanistan extends ceasefire after Taliban attack kills 25

Afghanistan extends ceasefire after Taliban attack kills 25

Attaullah Khogyani, spokesperson for the provincial governor of Nangarhar, confirmed a auto bomb was responsible for the blast in the town of Ghazi Aminullah Khan, on the main Torkham-Jalalabad road, and said that dozens were wounded.

"Unfortunately, about 20 people - including civilians and Afghan Taliban members who were celebrating a cease-fire - were killed in the attack and around 16 other people were injured", Khogyani said.

In northern Kunduz province, Doctor Abdul Majhid said almost 2,000 Taliban were seen celebrating in the city, many of them with family and friends but also several were seen celebrating with Afghan Security Forces.

While no one has yet claimed responsibility for Saturday's explosion in Rodat district of eastern Nangarhar province, the Islamic State affiliates, which did not sign up to the ceasefire, has a strong presence in the area.

Dozens of unarmed Taliban militants had earlier entered the Afghan capital and other cities to celebrate the end of the Ramadan fasting season.

The unilateral ceasefire by President Ashraf Ghani was announced on June 7 after a meeting of religions scholars in Kabul who issued a fatwa against the ongoing war in the country.

The Taliban had announced a ceasefire for the first three days of Eid, which started on Friday, promising not to attack Afghan security forces for the first time since the 2001 United States invasion.

Kabul police said Taliban members handed in their weapons and ammunition belts before entering the city.

The militants announced a surprise three-day ceasefire over the Eid-al-Fitr holiday, which began on Friday, except against foreign forces.

Resident Mohammad Amir said his younger brother had told him the Taliban were casually entering the city. He also said that a cease-fire could be accompanied with visits to their prisoners and treatment for their fighters at hospitals in Afghanistan.

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Photos were taken of Afghan Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak meeting with Taliban fighters on the streets of Kabul.

The Afghan government is under heavy pressure to restore security and take back territory controlled by a number of insurgent groups, including the Taliban and IS.

It said that UNAMA has noted and been impressed by the outpouring of support for the ceasefires and peace on the part of the Afghan people. He said there had been an "exchange of views" between the government and the Taliban over the past week, without elaborating.

The US commander of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan General John Nicholson said recently that the Taliban was engaged in a process of "talking and fighting", and that some factions were involved in secret peace negotiations.

"Look, they are brothers".

The death toll from a suicide bombing against a gathering of Taliban fighters celebrating a holiday cease-fire in Afghanistan has risen to 36, an official said Sunday. The militants, fighting to restore their version of strict Islamic law to Afghanistan, said their campaign was a response to a more aggressive U.S. military strategy adopted past year, which aims to force the militants into peace talks.

People say they are exhausted of war. They said foreign forces were exempted from their promise not to attack.

"It was the most peaceful Eid", said Qais Liwal, a student in Zabul, a city in country's south. "I saw Taliban and police standing side by side and taking selfies". "I felt for the first time in the eight years of my jihadist life that I am at least safe".

Most of the dead and wounded were believed to be Taliban. There was no immediate Taliban reply to Ghani's latest offer of an extension.

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