Kandahar, Kunduz and Ghazni provinces were shaken by four separate bombings and killed at least 11 civilians.
At least 11 civilians were killed and 13 wounded in four separate bombings in Afghanistan on Thursday, hours after a three-day ceasefire began across the country on the occasion of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. , local officials said.
Although no direct fighting was reported between the Taliban and government forces as they watched high temporary fire, roadside bombs continued to cause civilian casualties.
A roadside bomb attacked a car in Panjwai district in southern Kandahar province, killing five civilians, including a woman and children, said provincial police spokesman Jamal Naser Barekzai.
In another incident, two children were killed and three adults were injured when a roadside bomb exploded under a taxi in the Maiwand district of the same province, Barekzai added.
In the northern province of Kunduz, a sticky bomb attached to a civilian car exploded, killing two civilians and injuring 10 others, said Enhamuddin Rahmani, a spokesman for the province’s police chief.
Two civilians were also killed by a roadside bomb in central Ghazni province, officials said.
TOLO News, in Afghanistan, quoted a Kunduz resident as saying: “Security forces arrived in the area 40 minutes after the incident, while the police headquarters is just 100 meters from the area. the incident “.
“A Muslim never oppresses another Muslim in this way. We raise our children in poverty and miserable conditions, but they become victims very easily. If they (perpetrators) are Muslims, they should never commit this atrocity against children, ”another resident of Kunduz province told TOLO News.
The three-day ceasefire announced by the Taliban and attended by the government comes at a time when violence has risen sharply in Afghanistan following Washington’s announcement last month of plans to remove all US troops before 9/11.
Afghan security forces had mounted an operation on Wednesday to retake a Taliban district outside the capital, Kabul, in neighboring Wardak province, but stopped to observe the ceasefire.
A day earlier, Taliban fighters killed or captured some government soldiers and forced others to retreat after storming Nerkh district, less than an hour’s drive from Kabul.