11 policemen were killed by a mine in eastern Afghanistan



Al Ain newsletter Agencies
At least 11 Afghan police were killed on Saturday, as a mine exploded while the security patrol was passing in Badakhshan province, in the northeast of the country.

The terrorist incident came hours after a US military official announced that the United States had launched two air strikes targeting Taliban militants for the first time since the ceasefire between the movement’s militants and Afghan forces ended.

American spokesman Sony Legate, in a tweet, said that the strikes were carried out Thursday and Friday in two different states in Afghanistan.

He added that this is the first time that the United States has targeted the Taliban “since the ceasefire took effect on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.”

And the Taliban announced last May 23, a ceasefire during the three days of Eid al-Fitr, which was welcomed by the Afghan President, and demanded that security be observed throughout.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani welcomed the Taliban’s announcement of a ceasefire, and instructed the security forces to abide by him throughout the days of Eid al-Fitr.

The then-US envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, also welcomed the Taliban’s announcement of a ceasefire during the days of Eid al-Fitr.

This comes at a time when the Taliban are intensifying their attacks in Afghanistan, despite the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, which raises questions about the fate of the fragile peace process.


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