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Taliban launch coordinated attack on Moqor district on first day of ceasefire

Every day the protesters run the gauntlet of roadside bombs armed robbers and militants Every day the protesters run the gauntlet of roadside bombs armed robbers and militants
Melinda Barton | 12 June, 2018, 23:29

Taliban fighters killed a district governor in northern Afghanistan and kept up the pressure to seize control over some parts of Faryab province, ignoring the temporary ceasefire announced by the government that came into effect on Tuesday.

"So far, we have received around 25 wounded people and 13 dead bodies to our hospital, and Afghan women are among those wounded and killed in the incident", stated the head hospital official.

Bedar said that Taliban had successfully pushed into the district's centre.

"The battle is ongoing as we have asked for immediate reinforcements".

Employees were gathered at the entrance of the compound waiting for a bus to take them home when the suicide bomber blew himself up in the crowd, said rural ministry spokesman Faridoon Azhand, who was inside the building at the time.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Another Afghan National Army (ANA) officer in Kunduz said: "We are implementing the order and respect the truce; if the enemy attacks us, then we are prepared to deal with any situation".

President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced a ceasefire with the Taliban after a religious scholars meeting in Kabul last Monday where they issued a fatwa against the ongoing war in the country.

This comes as President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced that the government has made a decision to a ceasefire with the Taliban group starting from 27th of the holy month of Ramadan until 5th day of Eid. Pakistan has denied the accusations.

Although the group said it would halt attacks on state forces for three days, it vowed to continue operations against foreign troops.

The Taliban said Saturday their fighters would stop attacking Afghan security forces but only for the first three days of Eid, the holiday capping Ramadan, that begins at the end of this week.

If it holds, analysts had expressed cautious optimism that the agreements could help build trust between the government and the Taliban and lay the groundwork for peace talks.

The attack comes as security has deteriorated in the city during recent months ahead of elections scheduled for October.