The Taliban has declared a three-day nationwide ceasefire in Afghanistan beginning from Thursday to mark the annual Muslim festival of Eid-al-Fitr.
Early Monday, the Taliban instructed fighters “to halt all offensive operations against the enemy countrywide from the first till the third day of Eid” which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
The announcement follows a sharp spike in attacks by the Islamist insurgent group as Washington goes about withdrawing its remaining troops.
While the Taliban have avoided engaging American forces, attacks against government and civilian targets have not stopped.
In the latest, the interior ministry said Monday that at least 11 people were killed by a bomb that struck a bus overnight in southeastern Zabul province.
The cease-fire announcement also came a day after multiple blasts outside a girls’ school in Kabul killed more than 60 people, mostly students.