At least 13 soldiers died in the attack on an army checkpoint in the western province of Badghis, Afghanistan. It is Taliban’s first attack on Afghan forces since their ceasefire for the Eid festival expired.
However, the local officials put the death toll higher. The Taliban ended their three-day ceasefire on Sunday night after the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr ended. The government aimed to continue to observe a one-sided ceasefire.
According to defense ministry figures, 13 soldiers killed and eight injured when Taliban fighters attacked the checkpoint overnight. Meanwhile, the Taliban also suffered casualties.
However, the head of the provincial council, Abdul Aziz Bek reported that as many as 30 soldiers had died. The Eid ceasefire saw extraordinary scenes in Afghanistan, as soldiers and Taliban rebels hugged one another.
But on Sunday, the militants warned that the ceasefire would not be extended. President Ashraf Ghani said the government would continue its one-sided truce for 10 days.
It was the first ceasefire of the Taliban since the government collapsed in a 2001 US-led invasion. Since then, tens of thousands of Afghans have killed.
In February, Mr. Ghani also offered the militants peace talks without preconditions and recognition of the Taliban as a real political group but if they respected the rule of law.
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