Afghanistan: 15 security personnel killed in Taliban attack

At least 15 Afghan security personnel were killed in a Taliban attack in Kunduz province of Afghanistan on Monday.

The incident took place early in the morning of Monday at a security checkpoint in Arghandab district of Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province. The Taliban has claimed the attack in a statement to media.

On Sunday, at least 13 police personnel were killed when Taliban militants attacked a security checkpoint in Nehgan area of Arghandab district in Kandahar province.

These attacks have come despite announcement of ceasefire by the Taliban during Eid marking the end of Ramzan on Saturday.

The Taliban in Afghanistan on Saturday announced a surprise three-day ceasefire during the Eid holiday in response to a week-long unconditional ceasefire announced by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday. The ceasefire from the government doesn’t include other militant groups, such as Islamic State of Iraq.

In a separate incident, militants also attacked the Education Department in Jalalabad, in Nangarhar, on Monday about 9:50am local time in which at least four gunmen were killed, according to Tolonews. At least 10 civilians were admitted to a local hospital after being wounded in the attack.

So far, no group including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

On 4 June, at least seven people were killed and nine wounded in a suicide attack near a gathering of over 2,000 religious scholars at Polytechnic University in Kabul shortly after they issued a “fatwa” against war and suicide bombings in Afghanistan.

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