Taliban kill six in Afghanistan during peace agreement with US
Kabul (dpa) – Despite a general drop in attacks across Afghanistan at least six people have been killed and five others wounded in a Taliban attack in northern Balkh province on the third day of a week-long “reduction in violence,” local officials said.
Taliban militants attacked a checkpoint of pro-government forces in Chahar Kint district early Monday, killing six including a civilian, according to district governor Salima Mazari.
The seven-day period of reduced violence between the militant Taliban and the US started on Saturday, marking a potential breakthrough in long-running talks between the insurgents and Washington about a political solution to the conflict.
The reduction in violence is seen as a test of the Taliban’s control of their ranks and their commitment to a peace process.
Since the start of the period, Afghan officials reported smaller incidents of violence in provinces including Kandahar, Balkh, Uruzgan and Paktiya.
Elsewhere, the militants abducted a district governor along with two other government employees in northern Samangan province while they were on the way to work, the provincial governor’s spokesman Mohammad Sediq Azizi said.
The group has not officially claimed these attacks.
Earlier Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told dpa that during the week-long reduction in violence there would be no attacks on major cities, military corps, garrisons and bases belonging to international forces.
Mujahid added that any other attacks outside major cities should not be considered a violation of the reduction in violence period.
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