The Ministry of Defense says Taliban has launched attacks against government forces in at least 10 provinces in the last four days.
Violence Continues Despite Govt’s Ceasefire
The Taliban has continued to fight government forces despite a 10-day extension of the ceasefire by President Ashraf Ghani four days ago.
The Defense Ministry said “dozens” of security force members have lost their lives in Taliban attacks in the past four days in clashes in at least 10 provinces.
However, the ministry did not provide an exact number of casualties.
“We have had casualties during the (past) week, but in the past 24 hours, we imposed casualties on those who acted against the ceasefire,” Mohammad Radmanish, the Defense Ministry spokesman told TOLOnews.
In the latest attack, on Friday evening, Taliban stormed a police outpost on the outskirts of Gardez City, the capital of Paktia province, in the northeast of Afghanistan.
Eyewitnesses said five police force members were killed in the attack.
“Changes have happened in Taliban attacks. Anti-government armed militants have increased their attacks,” said Sardar Wali Tabasum, spokesman for Paktia Police Chief.
Farah clashes, in the west of the country, also resulted in casualties.
“They (militants) attacked Farah Rod (district) and martyred four police force members and they attack Posht Koh district in which some border policemen were martyred,” Farah governor Basir Salangi said.
A military affairs analyst, Jawed Kohistani, meanwhile said the lack of an effective plan by government is resulting in casualties among soldiers.
“This ceasefire does not have any legal, official or specific measures and roadmaps. It does not illustrate in which areas and how the soldiers will observe the ceasefire,” he said.
Some MPs said they are concerned about Taliban’s attacks during government’s unilateral ceasefire.
“The security situation is critical in Ghazni where government forces have suffered heavy casualties,” said Ali Akbar Qasemi, an MP from Ghazni.
Meanwhile the Presidential Palace said in a statement that Ghani had a skype conversation with governors and security officials from the 34 provinces on Saturday where the head of state stressed the need for better management of the ceasefire with the Taliban.