A auto bomb killed at least 20 people at a gathering of Taliban and Afghan armed forces in the eastern city of Nangarhar, Afghanistan, on Saturday, an official said, as soldiers and militants celebrated an unprecedented Eid al-Fitr ceasefire.
Attaullah Khogyani, spokesperson for the provincial governor of Nangarhar, confirmed a auto bomb was responsible for the blast in the town of Ghazi Aminullah Khan, on the main Torkham-Jalalabad road, and said that dozens were wounded.
He also asked the Taliban to extend its ceasefire, saying that his government will provide medical and humanitarian aid to wounded members of the Taliban.
Since the beginning of the year, Taliban and Islamic State militants have staged 13 attacks in Kabul city, killing more than 300 people and wounding more than 500 others.
"The ceasefire ends tonight and our operations will begin, God willing".
Afghans took part in morning prayers to celebrate Eid-al-Fitr. HPC says it will cooperate with the Taliban.
Some have criticized his move, which allowed the Taliban to flow into cities across the country, though the militants said they would withdraw by sunset on Sunday.
Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a telephone interview that he could not confirm Fazlullah's death because of the remoteness of the area but also because Afghanistan's Taliban are not present in that area. It overlaps with an Afghan government cease-fire which was due to end on Wednesday before the Afghan president extended the truce.
Ghani also repeated his promise that everything could be on the negotiation table, including the presence of foreign forces. The Taliban urged people to come forward and pose for the camera.
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A Taliban fighter told the AFP news agency that, while he welcomed the ceasefire, long-lasting peace would only be achieved if U.S. forces left the country.
In a statement later Saturday, the US government and North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces in Afghanistan supported Mr. Ghani's extension of the cease-fire.
A wounded man is brought by stretcher into a hospital in Jalalabad city, capital of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday after the bombing. The three-day holiday and cease-fire ends Sunday.
The sudden drop in violence not only gave Afghans a glimpse of normal life, but it also showed how tired those on both sides have become.
In place of fighting were scenes of Afghan and Taliban forces praying together, hugging and taking selfies.
Ghani's extension of the government'seight-day ceasefire, which had been due to expire Tuesday night, drew immediate global support and calls for the Taliban to follow suit.
"To respect the public's wishes and to support their demands about peace, I am ordering the security and defense forces to extend the ceasefire from the fourth day of Eid. I felt for the first time in the eight years of my jihadist life that I am at least safe".
The Taliban, wearing traditional headgear and many with sunglasses, entered Kabul through gates in the south and southeast. It is hard to describe the joy, ' said student Qais Liwal.