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27 People Killed, Up to 50 Wounded in 4 Attacks in Afghanistan Amid Ceasefire

Afghan forces kill 10 Taliban as ceasefire is announced

Despite having agreed to a limited three-day ceasefire in Afghanistan from Tuesday in view of Eid-al-Fitr, the Taliban carried out at least two attacks on Monday, in which 21 people were killed, including six civilians.

"We welcome the three days ceasefire announced by the Taliban starting on the first day of Eid".

Militants' attack on a security checkpoint in Arghandab district of Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province claimed the lives of 13 policemen on Sunday, an official said on the condition of anonymity.

Also Saturday, a bomb blast in Nangarhar killed at least four civilians and wounded 16 others, said Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor.

"The top leadership headed by Taliban supreme leader Sheikh Haibatullah Akhunzada made a decision to give a positive message to the Afghan people and agreed to announce ceasefire for Eidul Fitr", the Taliban military commander said.

President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday declared an apparently unilateral week-long ceasefire with the Taleban.

"There are about 200, more will be joining soon and they will be here for training and support".

"We have been stopping fighting during the Eid days, but we would not announce it publicly due to security reasons", Mujahid said.

The holiday, and the cease-fire, is expected to begin this week.

"We hope that [the Taliban] will be committed to implementing their announcement of the cease-fire, " he said.

Reacting to the agreement, Shehbaz welcomed the initiatives for the ceasefire in Afghanistan during Eid-ul-Fitr, mooted first by the Afghan government and then also by the Afghan Taliban.

A suicide bomber struck just outside the gathering as it was dispersing, killing at least seven people and wounding 20 in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

But casualties from suicide bombings and attacks were up 17% past year as the Taliban and IS ramp up assaults in urban areas, particularly Kabul.

The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, said in a statement he hoped the ceasefires would "serve as a stepping stone" towards peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Ghani in February offered recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political group in a proposed political process that he said could lead to talks to end more than 16 years of war. At the time he also called for a ceasefire.

"Peace is the order of almighty Allah", said Maulavi Abdul Rahman Niazi, a former member and spokesman of the Rasul group's high peace council.

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