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Afghan Taliban launch attacks after ceasefire

Kabul, June 18: At least 16 people were killed on Monday as the Afghan Taliban resumed attacks after refusing to extend a three-day ceasefire that ended on Sunday night, police said. Taliban militants launched early morning attacks on security checkpoints in Ghormach, Qaisar, Pashtunkot and Shirin Tagab districts in the Faryab province, a police officer was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency. Afghanistan’s Defence Ministry spokesperson Muhammad Radmanish said that even though the government decided on Sunday to extend the ceasefire by another 10 days, the “Taliban violated the ceasefire and launched attacks”. Twelve Army personnel were “martyred” since the Taliban began their attacks, Radmanish said. Two policemen were also killed, Interior Ministry spokesperson Najib Danish told Efe news. The governor of Ghani-Khil district in Nangarhar and his bodyguard were shot dead in a morning ambush in which a civilian was wounded, another police official said. The government had announced a ceasefire from June 12 to June 19 to encourage the Taliban to support the national reconciliation process. Reciprocating the step, the armed group announced truce from Friday to the end of Sunday. (IANS)