Afghan soldiers killed, 5 wounded in Taliban attack

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On Thursday, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani offered a temporary ceasefire with the Taliban for Eid.

The European Union ambassador to Kabul Pierre Mayaudon on Sunday said they are hopeful that the ceasefires announced by the Afghan government and Taliban lead to real peace talks.

The Taleban announced its first ceasefire in Afghanistan since the 2001 USA invasion yesterday, with a three-day halt in hostilities against the country's security forces that was greeted with relief by war-weary Afghans.

Three attackers were shot dead by security forces as they tried to enter the building, Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor of Nangarhar province said on Monday.

Hours before accepting the truce, the militants stormed military bases in western and northern Afghanistan, killing almost 40 soldiers.

In another attack, at least six people were killed and three wounded when a roadside bomb planted by Taliban struck a bus in eastern Ghazni province.

"I still can not believe they (the Taliban) accepted the ceasefire offer". He added that eight insurgents were killed and more than a dozen others were wounded in the gun battle in Zewal district. The cease-fire will coincide with Eid al-Fitr, the religious holiday that marks the end of Ramadan and begins June 16.

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"We hope that [the Taliban] will be committed to implementing their announcement of the cease-fire, " he said.

The group warned that if they come under attack, they would retaliate, a Taliban military commander told The News. "But if the mujahideen are attacked we will strongly defend [ourselves]".

But casualties from suicide bombings and attacks were up 17% previous year as the Taliban and IS ramp up assaults in urban areas, particularly Kabul.

There was no report of other casualties.

The rest of the fatalities occurred when about 150 Taliban fighters stormed ANA posts in the newly created Zawal district and killed 17 soldiers, a government spokesman told VOA.

It has also called for a peace process, but it remains uncertain whether American officials will resume discussions it has had intermittently with Taliban representatives since 2010. Taliban commanders said the military council wanted the Afghan nation to celebrate Eidul Fitr without fear, promising that the Taliban would not carry out attacks during the festival.

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