Afghanistan’s Taliban declare three-day Eid ceasefire from Sunday

KABUL – The Taliban declared a three-day Eid cease-fire from Sunday, a spokesman for the hard-hitting Islamic group wrote in a tweet on Saturday, a move due to fighting between the warring parties intensifying despite the coronavirus pandemic.

“Do not carry out offensive operations against the enemy anywhere, if something is taken against you by the enemy, defend yourself”, tweeted spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, adding that the ceasefire was declared only for Eid festivities.

The government of Afghanistan has not yet indicated whether it will comply with the ceasefire.

Last month, the Taliban rejected a government call for a ceasefire across Afghanistan for the holy month of Ramadan, saying an armistice was “not rational” for triggering attacks on Afghan forces.

Javid Faisal, spokesman for the country’s top intelligence and security agency in Kabul, said at least 146 civilians and 430 injured by the Taliban during Ramadan on Saturday.

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