Afghanistan, Kunduz, Taliban attack leaves 21 dead

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

In Jawzjan province, seven police personnel were killed and two others injured after Taliban militants attacked a security checkpoint on Sunday night.

Earlier, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani had declared a ceasefire with Taliban between June 12 to June 19 in light of Eid-ul-Fitr.

The Taliban, which announced their cease-fire after the Afghan government, would not say if it was a direct response to the Afghan government's action.

In past years, Mujahid said, the Taliban have instructed their fighters to abstain from attacks; but they could not announce that publicly out of fear that the government and the U.S. military would take advantage of it and amplify attacks.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a unilateral cease-fire Thursday, a gambit meant to apply pressure to the Taliban as Afghan civilians have begun pleading more vocally for peace after decades of conflict.

The attack late Saturday comes ahead of a three-day cease-fire timed to coincide with Eid marking the end of Ramzan.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the Taliban's announcement of a three-day partial ceasefire during the Eid al-Fitr holiday, urging all parties concerned "to seize this opportunity and embrace an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process".

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The conflict has been at a stalemate for several years, and NATO's best chances of leaving lie in the Taliban agreeing to peace talks and eventually joining the government.

Pakistan today expressed support for peace efforts in Afghanistan, hours after the Taliban announced its first ceasefire in the war-torn country in almost 17 years.

Farhad said at least 13 others were wounded in the attack.

The move came days after a gathering of Afghanistan's top clerics in Kabul called for a ceasefire and issued a fatwa against suicide bombings and attacks.

In recent years the resurgent militants, along with the Islamic State (IS) group, have stepped up their attacks on Kabul in particular, making it the deadliest place in the country for civilians.

In the eastern Nangarhar province, a suicide bomber wounded at least 10 civilians when he struck near the education department in the provincial capital of Jalalabad, said Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor. The strategic attacks were focused on the two security checkpoints in Kunduz.

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.

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