An Afghan official says Taliban fighters killed 16 militia loyal to the government in an early morning ambush in northern Badghis province.
During his meeting with the Indian Ambassador, chief of the Afghan Sikh and Hindu Council, Avtar Singh Khalsa had told him that the two communities faced problems while cremating their dead as many Afghan Muslims objected to the practice.
In a statement, the Taliban said it had called the ceasefire to enable ordinary Afghans to enjoy a peaceful Eid, “not in response to the ceasefire of the Kabul regime”.
While no one has yet claimed responsibility, the Islamic State affiliate, which did not sign on to the cease fire, has a strong presence in the area.
Video and pictures on social media showed cheerful soldiers and Taliban hugging one another and exchanging Eid greetings in Logar province, south of Kabul, and Zabul in the south and central Maidan Wardak.
“We have been hearing since early Friday that our Emir(leader) was martyred along with four other militant commanders in Marawar area of Kunar. They were staying at a house when a drone fired missiles and martyred them,” said Taliban member Maulvi Abdur Rasheed.
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Khalid Safi, a spokesman for the provincial governor, says those killed were the commander of the police station and the deputy director of traffic police for Logar’s capital city, Puli Alim.
An investigation was being conducted into how the operation resulted in civilian casualties.
Afghanistan blast: Security forces were trying to defuse the van in the southern Kandahar province where they had already cleared the area around a bus station.
District centres have been lost or threatened in the northern provinces of Baghlan and Badakhshan and there has been heavy fighting in Faryab in the northwest and Ghazni and Zabul, south of Kabul.
No one had claimed responsibility for the attack at the time of filing this report. In January, gunmen attacked an office of aid group Save the Children in Jalalabad, killing at least five people and wounding 25.
Afghanistan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani had met Indian envoy to the country Vinay Kumar and assured him that no efforts will be spared by the Afghan security forces to ensure the safety and release of the seven Indian engineers.
While no group has claimed responsibility so far, a news channel in Afghanistan, quoted Baghlan Governor Abdulhai Nemati as saying that a Taliban group was behind the abduction.
The incident of six Indians being reported as abducted in afghanistan on Sunday adds to the list of recent instances when Indian nationals have been abducted abroad, especially in conflict ridden conditions such as Islamic State militancy in Iraq or the war in Yemen.