KABUL – The Taliban launched on Tuesday several attacks against Afghan security forces, officials said, killing at least 25 people as militants captured Kohistan district on the first day of a unilateral ceasefire announced by the government.
The insurgents attacked security checkposts in the northeastern Badakhshan province, where 14 people died; in the southeastern Ghazni, where five people were killed and in the northern Sar-e-Pul, where there were six casualties, coinciding with the halt in offensive operations by the Afghan armed forces.
On June 7, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had announced the government’s first unilateral ceasefire in 17 years to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, suspending its offensive operations against the Taliban.
The spokesperson of the governor of Badakhshan, Javid Baidar, said that the insurgents, who announced a three-day ceasefire for the beginning Eid on Friday, had taken advantage of the unilateral truce to capture Kohistan district in the province.
The spokesperson said that the district’s governor, Abdul Rahman, was killed in the attack along with an unknown number of security force members.
An official of the local administration, who requested anonymity, told EFE that the governor and 13 members of the security forces were killed, while another 16 were wounded in the attack, which was still ongoing.
In Ghazni, the Taliban attacked the headquarters of the government of the Muqour district using an explosives-laden vehicle, killing five people and wounding another 26, said the spokesperson of the provincial governor, Arif Noori.
In the third attack in Sar-e-Pul, dozens of armed insurgents captured two checkposts of the Afghan armed forces, the spokesperson of the area’s governor, Zabihullah Amani, told EFE.
The spokesperson of the Afghan defense ministry, Mohammad Radmanish, confirmed to EFE that six people were killed during the clashes.
The Taliban have only claimed the attack on Sar-e-Pul.