Kabul: The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Saturday that at least 40 people were killed and wounded in separate Taliban attacks in nearly 10 provinces despite a previous commitment by the group to halt fighting during the three days of Eid ceasefire.
“Mullah Hibatullah (Taliban’s supreme leader) has no authority on all factions of the group and his loyalists are not abiding by his orders.” Defense Ministry spokesman Rohullah Ahmadzai said. “The Taliban violated the ceasefire in several areas and provinces and it caused casualties among civilians and military personnel.”
Taliban has rejected the allegations and has blamed the government for not honoring its ceasefire commitments.
During the three days of Eid, violence reported in Kandahar, Ghazni, Kunduz, Herat, Farah, Uruzgan, Kapisa, Helmand and Maidan Wardak provinces.
“Taliban are not committed to the ceasefire. The group does not follow any other path except shedding the blood of the innocent people,” said Abdul Sattar Hussaini, a member of the Afghan parliament.
According to the data gathered by TOLOnews, Baghlan, Faryab, Takhar, Badakhshan, Kunduz, Balkh, Logar, Kapisa, Farah, Herat, Laghman, Maidan Wardak, Kapisa, Uruzgan, and Helmand witnessed fighting between the government forces and the Taliban.
In the latest incident of violence, one police force member and two civilians were wounded in an explosion in Sarubi district in Kabul on Saturday morning.
A police vehicle was targeted by the blast.
Meanwhile, Badghis governor Hissamuddin Shams said “heavy attacks” by the Taliban in the province.
“Today, we had supply activities in Jawand district. Taliban were planning to attack our helicopter. Fortunately, their plan was foiled and six of them were eliminated,” said Shams.
Taliban has said that those mines that were detonated during the ceasefire were planted before Eid days.