The Afghan air pressure performed a number of strikes on Taliban positions Saturday that killed greater than 30 rebel fighters, officers stated, as President Ashraf Ghani as soon as once more known as for a ceasefire.
The Taliban claimed the strike had killed almost two dozen civilians together with ladies and youngsters within the newest mass-casualty incident in Afghanistan that got here whilst peace talks have been below approach in Qatar.
“This morning, Taliban fighters attacked (Afghan army) positions in … Khan Abad district in Kunduz province,” the Defence Ministry stated in an announcement on Twitter.
The navy “intercepted the attack in accordance with ‘active defense’ procedures,” the assertion added, noting that greater than 30 Taliban fighters together with two commanders have been killed.
In an announcement, the Taliban denied its fighters have been hit and stated 23 civilians had been killed.
The defence ministry stated it was conscious of the declare and would examine.
Local hospital director Mohammad Naeem Mangal informed AFP that three lifeless and three wounded civilians had been delivered to the ability.
The assault got here shortly earlier than Ghani as soon as once more known as for a humanitarian ceasefire “to protect our people, prevent violence and terrorist incidents and to achieve a dignified and lasting peace.”
The insurgents have up to now ignored such requests, although they’ve unilaterally known as two brief, separate truces this 12 months within the run-up to peace talks, which opened every week in the past in Doha.
Talks have progressed slowly up to now, with the 2 sides nonetheless undecided about an agenda.