The attacks in Afghanistan took the lives of 33 people per day

The attacks in Afghanistan took the lives of 33 people per day

President Ghani had ordered security forces to cease operations against the Taliban last week but stressed that the fight against the Islamic State, al-Qaida and other groups in the country would continue.

A provincial council member, Sayyed Asadullah Sadat said the clashes started early morning after Taliban launched coordinated attacks on security checkpoints in Aaq Tipa locality of Qala-e-Zal district, the provincial capital of Kunduz.

The Taliban have pledged to continue their operations against foreign forces.

Just hours before the Taliban's announcement, at least 17 soldiers were killed when their checkpoint came under attack by Taliban fighters in western Herat province, said Gelani Farhad, spokesman for the provincial governor.

In another attack, at least six people were killed and three wounded when a roadside bomb planted by Taliban struck a bus in eastern Ghazni province. It was not immediately clear how many of them were among those killed.

Eid al-Fitr is a religious holiday to celebrate the end of the Islamic holy month of fasting, Ramadan.

Although the Taliban's cease-fire was not in direct response to Ghani's offer, it remains a rare positive sign for the troubled peace process.

Injured men receive treatment at a hospital following a suicide attack in the city of Jalalabad east of Kabul Afghanistan Monday

However, no group from Taliban has taken responsibility for the assault, meaning that either they don't want to accept it, or it could be another terrorist group. But it added that if attacked "we will strongly defend [ourselves]".

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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today praised Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani's bold initiatives towards peace and expressed hope that it will be respected by all parties, referring to a ceasefire announced by the Afghan leader for Eid.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the truce was intended for the Eid holiday and would not affect the group's larger objectives, which include the removal of foreign troops from Afghanistan.

"It is a good move by the government and Taliban". At the time he also called for a ceasefire.

"The Helmand Peace March is the most significant grass-roots peace effort to emerge from Taliban-held areas, a desperate cry for peace in a region ravaged by conflict", Shuja said.

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