Kabul: A automotive bomb killed not less than 26 folks at a gathering of Taliban and Afghan armed forces within the japanese metropolis of Nangarhar on Saturday, an official mentioned, as troopers and terrorists elsewhere within the nation celebrated an unprecedented ceasefire.Dozens of unarmed Taliban terrorists had earlier entered the Afghan capital and different cities to have fun, coinciding with the tip of the Ramadan fasting season.
Troopers and terrorists exchanged hugs and took selfies on their smartphones.However in some provinces the insurgents had been carrying rocket launchers, grenades and different ammunition.Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor of Nangarhar, confirmed a automotive bomb was chargeable for the assault within the city of Ghazi Aminullah Khan, on the primary Torkham-Jalalabad highway. He had earlier mentioned a rocket-propelled grenade was guilty.The Taliban denied accountability for the assault. Afghanistan additionally faces insurgencies from ISIS and the Taliban-linked Haqqani community.”The incident has nothing to do with the Taliban,” spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid advised Reuters.
“The realm the place the blast occurred is near our entrance line. A few of our members went there to have fun Eid. Our members suffered casualties.”The Taliban introduced a shock three-day ceasefire over the Eid vacation, which started on Friday, besides towards overseas forces. It overlaps with an Afghan authorities ceasefire which lasts till Wednesday.President Ashraf Ghani mentioned in an deal with to the nation that he would lengthen the ceasefire with the Taliban however didn’t give a timeframe. He additionally requested the Taliban to increase their three-day ceasefire, which is because of finish on Sunday.It was not clear if Ghani knew in regards to the bomb within the east when he made his deal with.
Taliban sporting conventional headgear entered Kabul by way of gates within the south and southeast. Visitors jams fashioned the place folks stopped to take photos of the fighters with their flags. The Taliban urged folks to come back ahead and take selfies.”They’re unarmed, as they handed over their weapons on the entrances,” Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai advised Reuters. Their weapons can be returned after they depart, he mentioned.Inside Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak met Taliban fighters in Kabul, Tolo information mentioned, an nearly unthinkable prospect simply two weeks in the past.Video and photos on information web sites confirmed cheerful troopers and Taliban hugging each other and exchanging Eid greetings in Logar province, south of Kabul, and Zabul within the south and central Maidan Wardak. Some folks had been dancing and clapping as onlookers took images.”MOST PEACEFUL EID”Members of rights teams organised a quick assembly between Afghan forces and Taliban insurgents in Helmand’s capital metropolis, Lashkar Gah, the place the Taliban have delivered a sequence of blows to authorities forces this yr.
Women and men gathered across the troopers and Taliban fighters and urged them to maintain their weapons holstered earlier than they hugged one another.”It was probably the most peaceable Eid. For the primary time we felt protected. It’s laborious to explain the enjoyment,” mentioned Qais Liwal, a pupil in Zabul.The primary sq. of Kunduz metropolis, capital of the province of the identical title, which has witnessed a sequence of bloody clashes, grew to become a pleasant assembly floor.Resident Mohammad Amir mentioned his youthful brother had advised him the Taliban had been casually getting into the town.”I couldn’t consider my eyes,” he advised Reuters. “I noticed Taliban and police standing aspect by aspect and taking selfies.”Images on information web sites confirmed armed police standing in line on the nook of the road hugging Taliban fighters one after the other.A video confirmed an enormous crowd of individuals screaming and whistling as they welcomed the Taliban.
In some districts of the japanese metropolis of Jalalabad, civilians had been providing dry fruit, conventional sweets and ice cream to Taliban terrorists.A Reuters reporter in Jalalabad noticed greater than a dozen Taliban insurgents having fun with their meals and enjoying with youngsters.The ceasefires, which observe months of deteriorating safety, particularly within the capital, Kabul, have coincided with the beginning of the soccer World Cup and the Afghan cricket crew’s check match debut towards India. However with delayed elections scheduled for October nonetheless unsure, Afghans nonetheless yearn for peace that lasts longer than a couple of days. CommentsThe Taliban are preventing U.S.-led NATO forces, mixed underneath the Resolute Help mission, and the U.S.-backed authorities to revive sharia, or Islamic legislation, after their ouster by U.S.-led forces in 2001.Resolute Help mentioned it was hopeful that the Taliban persist with their ceasefire “and we hope that pause results in dialogue and progress on reconciliation”.© Thomson Reuters 2018