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13 Taliban’s attacks foiled on Eid days: Officials

13 Aug 2019 Afghanistan Times

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KABUL: The government rejects reports about an informal

ceasefire by Taliban during the Eid festivity, saying the insurgents had

planned 13 attacks by the insurgents were nullified by security forces.

People across the country, particularly in Kabul city spent

the Eid festival without security threats.

Nasrat Rahimi, Spokesman for the Interior Ministry said

Tuesday that police and army had ensured tight security during the Eid days.

“The reports that Taliban terrorist group had observed an

indirect truce on the Eid days do not have base. The enemy has repeatedly tried

to target the people of Afghanistan and their security forces. I would like to

assure the people of Afghanistan that their security forces provide them with

security always and especially on special days like Eid,” he said.

Taliban did not officially announce a ceasefire for the Eid

days, but their leader Mullah Haibatullah addressed his fighters in an Eid

message to “pay fully attention to the people’s happiness and safety during the

Eid days”.

Reports also said that Taliban had freed 76 Afghan troops

held in their custody as a good-gesture for the Eid days, but the interior

ministry denied.

The soldiers were said to have been released in the

provinces of Khost, Kunduz, Uruzgan and Sar-e-Pul.

But the interior ministry rejected this, saying it was just

propaganda by the militants. It said that no prisoner was released by Taliban

in any provinces, calling on the militants to announce the names of freed

prisoners if it is true.

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