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Kandahar officials claim Taliban violate truce, attack forces

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Kandahar officials claim Taliban violate truce, attack forces

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Feb 23, 2020 - 17:55

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Violating the just started weeklong temporary truce, Talibaninfo-icon militants waged attacks on Afghan forces at two separate locations in southern Kandahar province, officials said Sunday.

Local officials said the first attack from Taliban came around 9:30am on Saturday in Maroof district and the second attack happened in Shahwalikot district around 11:30am.

Kandahar governor’s spokesman, Baheer Ahmadi told Pajhwok Afghan News that a convoy of Afghan security forces first came under a bomb attack and then gunfire in Shahwalikot district today around 11:30am.

He said a HUMVEE vehicle of Afghan forces was hit by a roadside bombing but it caused no casualties.

The militants then attacked the convoy with gun firing but Afghan forces only defended themselves and the attack was pushed back, he said, adding security forces suffered no casualties in the attack.

Ahmadi said that Afghan security forces were in defensive mode following an order from the president regarding the reduction in violence period (RiV).

Separately, he said Taliban militants carried out an attack against Afghan border security forces in Marof district around 9:30am.

He said that the border forces wanted to transfer some water to their posts from a nearby well when came under attack. However, he added no one got harmed in the incident.

The RiV between the US, Afghan forces and the Taliban began at 12am Saturday night and it would continue for a week.

Pajhwok tried to contact Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, but failed.

But the group’s another spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid said that attacks would not be launched on provincial capitals, corps, divisions, brigades and bases of foreign forces for creating suitable condition for signing the peace agreement with the US.

Except these areas, he said, the Taliban firing should not be counted as violations because it was not a nationwide ceasefire.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Saturday said attacks happened during the day, but they caused no casualties.

Mds/ma

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