Ceasefire Violation Proves Taliban Leader Has no Authority on Fighters: MoD

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KABUL: The Ministry of Defense on Sunday said that at least 40 people were killed and injured in separate Taliban attacks in nearly 10 provinces of the country during three-day Eid ceasefire despite the group had promised of ceasing attacks during the period.


“Mullah Hibatullah (Taliban’s supreme leader) has no authority on all factions of the group, and his loyalists are not abiding by his orders.” Defense Ministry spokesman, Rohullah Ahmadzai said. “The Taliban violated the ceasefire in several areas and provinces, and it caused casualties among civilians and military personnel.”


The Taliban has denied the accusations and criticized the government for failing to adhere to truce rules.


According to the Taliban, the mines that exploded during the truce were planted before Eid.


Incidents of violence were recorded in Kandahar, Ghazni, Kunduz, Herat, Farah, Uruzgan, Kapisa, Helmand, and Maidan Wardak provinces during the three days of Eid holidays.


“Taliban are not committed to the ceasefire. The group does not follow any other path except shedding the blood of the innocent people,” said Abdul Sattar Hussaini, a member of the Afghan parliament.


Meanwhile, governor of Badghis province, Hissamuddin Shams, has reported “heavy Taliban attacks” in the province.


“Today, we had supply activities in Jawand district. Taliban were planning to attack our helicopter. Fortunately, their plan was foiled, and six of them were eliminated,” said Shams.