The Taliban on Monday declared a three-day ceasefire throughout Afghanistan to mark this week’s Eid al-Fitr vacation, simply two days after being blamed for killing greater than 50 folks — principally younger women — in a bomb assault outdoors a faculty within the capital.
The ceasefire provide comes because the United States continues to tug out its final 2,500 troops from the violence-wracked nation regardless of faltering peace efforts between the Taliban and Afghan authorities to finish a decades-long struggle.
“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 press release launched by the Taliban mentioned.
“But if the enemy conducts any assault or attack against you during these days, stand ready to robustly protect and defend yourselves and your territory,” it added.
Eid al-Fitr marks the top of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, and the vacation begins in response to the sighting of the brand new moon. The Taliban declared comparable ceasefires final 12 months to mark Islamic holidays.
The authorities often reciprocates with a truce. Fraidon Khawzon, spokesman for chief negotiator Abdullah Abdullah, mentioned early Monday: “We welcome the announcement….the Islamic republic is also ready and will announce soon.”
‘Bodies piled on prime of one another’
The newest provide comes after the federal government blamed the Taliban for Saturday’s assault outdoors a women’ college in Dasht-e-Barchi, a suburb of the capital largely populated by the Shiite Hazara group, which is usually focused by extremist Sunni Islamist militants.
A sequence of blasts outdoors the college — when residents had been procuring forward of the vacation — killed greater than 50 folks and wounded over 100.
It was the deadliest assault in additional than a 12 months.
The Taliban, who denied duty, had earlier issued a press release saying the nation wanted to “safeguard and look after educational centres and institutions”.
On Sunday, family buried the useless at a hilltop website often called “Martyrs Cemetery”, the place victims of assaults in opposition to the Hazara group are laid to relaxation.
Hazaras are Shiite Muslims and regarded heretics by extremist Sunnis. Sunni Muslims make up nearly all of the Afghan inhabitants.
Bodies in picket coffins had been lowered into graves one after the other by mourners nonetheless in a state of shock and worry, an AFP photographer mentioned.
“I rushed to the scene (after the blasts) and found myself in the middle of bodies, their hands and heads cut off and bones smashed,” mentioned Mohammad Taqi, a resident of Dasht-e-Barchi, whose two daughters had been college students on the college however escaped the assault.
“All of them were girls. Their bodies piled on top of each other.”
Books and college baggage belonging to the victims nonetheless lay scattered on the website of the assault.
The Taliban insist they haven’t carried out assaults in Kabul since February final 12 months, once they signed a cope with Washington that paved the best way for peace talks and withdrawal of the remaining US troops.
But the group has clashed day by day with Afghan forces within the rugged countryside even because the US army reduces its presence.
Taliban chief warns US
The United States was speculated to have pulled all forces out by May 1 as agreed with the Taliban final 12 months, however Washington pushed again the date to September 11 — a transfer that angered the insurgents.
The chief of the Taliban, Hibatullah Akhundzada, reiterated in a message launched forward of Eid that any delay in withdrawing the troops was a “violation” of that deal.
“If America again fails to live up to its commitments, then the world must bear witness and hold America accountable for all the consequences,” Akhundzada warned in Sunday’s message.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has declared a day of nationwide mourning for Tuesday.
“This savage group does not have the power to confront security forces on the battlefield, and instead targets with brutality and barbarism public facilities and the girls’ school,” he mentioned in a press release.
Saturday’s blasts drew widespread world condemnation.
Pope Francis known as it “an inhumane action”, whereas Iran blamed the jihadist Islamic State.
India, in the meantime, known as for the dismantling of “terrorist sanctuaries” and a ceasefire to spice up peace efforts.
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