Taliban declare 3-day Afghan ceasefire for Eid holiday
The Philippine Star|May 11, 2021
Over 50 mostly young girls killed in bomb attack outside Kabul school

KABUL (AFP) – The Taliban yesterday declared a three-day ceasefire across Afghanistan to mark this week’s Eid al-Fitr holiday, just two days after being blamed for killing more than 50 people – mostly young girls – in a bomb attack outside a school in the capital.

The interior ministry yesterday reported that at least 11 persons were separately killed just hours before the Taliban announcement by a bomb that struck a bus in restive Zabul province.

The ceasefire announcement comes as the United States continues to pull out its last 2,500 troops from the violence-wracked country despite faltering efforts between the Taliban and Afghan government to end a decades-long war.

“Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate are instructed to halt all offensive operations against the enemy countrywide from the first till the third day of Eid,” a statement released by the Taliban said.

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