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Afghan officials say the Taliban killed eight police in two separate attacks in Afghanistan on Thursday. The news comes as calls continue for the extension of an Eid al Fitr ceasefire, and a renewed offer of peace from Kabul.
Abdul Aziz Beg, head of the provincial council in Badghis province, says the Taliban struck Afghan army positions from different directions. There are conflicting reports over the Taliban's claim.
Dozens of peace protesters arrived in Kabul on Monday after walking hundreds of kilometres across war-battered Afghanistan, as the Taliban ended an unprecedented ceasefire and resumed attacks in parts of the country.
A suicide bomber struck in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad on Sunday, killing at least 18 people in the second attack in as many days, as Taliban announced they would not extend their three-day ceasefire with the Afghan government.
Fourteen more were injured in the attack that targeted a crowd of Afghan Taliban, security forces, and civilians who were celebrating Eid in an unprecedented ceasefire in the war-torn country.
Afghan defence ministry and US officials confirm Mullah Fazlullah, who was Pakistan's most wanted militant, is killed in a joint US-Afghan air strike.
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Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack in Kabul that also wounded 31people at the entrance to Afghanistan's rural rehabilitation and development ministry.
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The ceasefire, which is the first since the Taliban was driven from power in 2001, excludes operations against foreign based forces in Afghanistan and comes in the wake of a government ceasefire.
The ceasefire will begin on Ramadan 27, or June 12 and last through the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday, until around June 19. There was no immediate comment from the Taliban, who have steadily expanded their presence in recent years.
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