The Taliban on Monday declared a three-day ceasefire throughout Afghanistan to mark this week’s Eid al-Fitr vacation, simply two days after being blamed for killing greater than 50 folks — principally younger ladies — in a bomb assault exterior a college within the capital.
The ceasefire supply comes as america continues to tug out its final 2,500 troops from the violence-wracked nation regardless of faltering peace efforts between the Taliban and Afghan authorities to finish a decades-long struggle.
“Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate are instructed to halt all offensive operations towards the enemy countrywide from the primary until the third day of Eid,” a press release launched by the Taliban mentioned.
“But when the enemy conducts any assault or assault towards you throughout today, stand able to robustly defend and defend yourselves and your territory,” it added.
Eid al-Fitr marks the tip of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, and the vacation begins in line with the sighting of the brand new moon. The Taliban declared related ceasefires final 12 months to mark Islamic holidays.
The federal government often reciprocates with a truce. Fraidon Khawzon, spokesman for chief negotiator Abdullah Abdullah, mentioned early Monday: “We welcome the announcement….the Islamic republic can be prepared and can announce quickly.”
The newest supply comes after the federal government blamed the Taliban for Saturday’s assault exterior a ladies’ college in Dasht-e-Barchi, a suburb of the capital largely populated by the Shiite Hazara neighborhood, which is usually focused by extremist Sunni Islamist militants.
A sequence of blasts exterior the college — when residents have been purchasing forward of the vacation — killed greater than 50 folks and wounded over 100.
It was the deadliest assault in additional than a 12 months.
The Taliban, who denied accountability, had earlier issued a press release saying the nation wanted to “safeguard and take care of instructional centres and establishments”.
On Sunday, kinfolk buried the lifeless at a hilltop web site often called “Martyrs Cemetery”, the place victims of assaults towards the Hazara neighborhood are laid to relaxation.
Hazaras are Shiite Muslims and thought of heretics by extremist Sunnis. Sunni Muslims make up the vast majority of the Afghan inhabitants.
Our bodies in picket coffins have been lowered into graves one after the other by mourners nonetheless in a state of shock and concern, an AFP photographer mentioned.
“I rushed to the scene (after the blasts) and located myself in the midst of our bodies, their fingers and heads minimize off and bones smashed,” mentioned Mohammad Taqi, a resident of Dasht-e-Barchi, whose two daughters have been college students on the college however escaped the assault.
“All of them have been ladies. Their our bodies piled on high of one another.”
Books and college baggage belonging to the victims nonetheless lay scattered on the web site of the assault.
The Taliban insist they haven’t carried out assaults in Kabul since February final 12 months, after they signed a take care of Washington that paved the way in which for peace talks and withdrawal of the remaining US troops.
However the group has clashed day by day with Afghan forces within the rugged countryside even because the US army reduces its presence.
The USA was alleged to have pulled all forces out by Might 1 as agreed with the Taliban final 12 months, however Washington pushed again the date to September 11 — a transfer that angered the insurgents.
The chief of the Taliban, Hibatullah Akhundzada, reiterated in a message launched forward of Eid that any delay in withdrawing the troops was a “violation” of that deal.
“If America once more fails to dwell as much as its commitments, then the world should bear witness and maintain America accountable for all the implications,” Akhundzada warned in Sunday’s message.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has declared a day of nationwide mourning for Tuesday.
“This savage group doesn’t have the ability to confront safety forces on the battlefield, and as an alternative targets with brutality and barbarism public services and the women’ college,” he mentioned in a press release.
Saturday’s blasts drew widespread world condemnation.
Pope Francis referred to as it “an inhumane motion”, whereas Iran blamed the jihadist Islamic State.
India, in the meantime, referred to as for the dismantling of “terrorist sanctuaries” and a ceasefire to spice up peace efforts.