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Taliban Attack In Afghanistan's Kunduz Kills 15 Afghan Security Personnel

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| June 11 , 2018 , 12:54 IST

15 members of the Afghan security forces were killed after Taliban militants attacked their security post in the northern province of Afghanistan's Kunduz early Monday, officials said.

Reportedly the incident took place in Qala-e Zal district when the men gathered to eat a pre-dawn meal before fasting, Aminullah Ayaddin, a provincial council member, told dpa. The sudden attack killed ten soldiers and five policemen.

"The clashes started early Monday morning after militants launched coordinated attacks on security checkpoints in Aaq Tipa locality of the district in provincial capital Kunduz," Sayyed Asadullah Sadat, a provincial council member, told Xinhua.

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"A bloodbath is ongoing in Kunduz and the government is worried about a ceasefire," Sadat added, referring to last week's announcement by the government of a unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban. He also confirmed that at least 28 policemen were killed in a Taliban attack on Saturday.

On Saturday, another similar attack took place in the district bordering Tajikistan. The officials stated that the Education Department in Jalalabad, the capital of the eastern province of Nangarhar, was also attacked by militants early Monday.

President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday said Afghan security forces would stop all ‘offensive manoeuvres’ against the Taliban, though not Islamic State militants from Tuesday until June 20. Taliban, however, responded by announcing a three-day long ceasefire from Saturday.

The ceasefire days also includes the Eid celebrations that mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Ghani in February offered a truce with the Taliban but the militants have yet to respond as they are trying to challenge the government forces.