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Taliban announce three-day Eid ceasefire in Afghanistan

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 23, 2020
The Taliban have announced a three-day ceasefire with the Afghan government that will take effect when the Muslim festival of Eid begins on Sunday.
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It follows a rise in attacks from the hardline Islamic group on government troops in recent weeks.

Topics: Taliban Afghanistan

President Ashraf Ghani welcomed the announcement, and said his soldiers would respect the terms of the truce.

The three-day ceasefire is likely to raise hopes of a longer-term reduction in violence in the country.

"Do not carry out any offensive operations against the enemy anywhere. If any action is taken against you by the enemy, defend yourself," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Saturday.

He added that the ceasefire had been declared solely for the Eid festival, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.