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

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Arif Noori, governor's spokesman in Ghazni, says 26 others, including a district governor and 18 policemen, were wounded in the Tuesday morning attack in Muqar district.

According to the Afghan president's spokesman Shahussain Murtazawi, the two sides discussed the implementation of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace, the fight against terrorism, reducing violence and Afghan peace process.

In the meantime, a security official said the militants have detonated a Humvee armored personnel carrier packed with the explosives near the district security commandment compound. That was confirmed by provincial police chief Nabi Jan Mullah Khail.

Aminullah Ayaddin, a provincial council member, said the attack in the Qala-e Zal district unfolded as the soldiers gathered to eat a predawn meal before fasting.

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

A suicide attacker blew himself up on Monday as government workers queued for an early bus home during the holy month of Ramzan, killing at least 13 people and wounding 31, officials and hospital staff said.

"We have ordered our forces to defend with all their power if they are attacked by an enemy that has no respect for anything".

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Pakistan has always been accused of supporting the Taliban and providing safe haven to its leaders - charges Islamabad denies.

The Taliban on Saturday issued a statement saying it had ordered its fighters not to clash with Afghan security forces for the first three days of Eid.

Relatives of the victims mourn at a hospital after a suicide attack in Kabul on June 11.

Ghani on Thursday announced police and troops would halt hostilities with the Taliban for eight days - though he warned that operations against other groups, including Islamic State group, would continue.

Talking to Commander RSM, the COAS said that Pakistan desires that US/ NATO forces must succeed and leave behind a peaceful and stable Afghanistan, the ISPR mentioned.

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.

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