Iran welcomes temporary ceasefire between Taliban, Afghan gov't

People treated in hospital

Injured men receive treatment at a hospital following a suicide attack in Jalalabad,east of Kabul

15 Afghan security personnel were killed in a Taliban attack in Kunduz province of Afghanistan- news agency ANI reported.

The attack late Saturday comes ahead of a three-day cease-fire timed to coincide with Eid marking the end of Ramzan.

The Taliban, which announced their cease-fire after the Afghan government, would not say if it was a direct response to the Afghan government's action. The Trump administration has sent additional troops to try to change the course of America's longest war.

Despite having agreed to a limited three-day ceasefire in Afghanistan from Tuesday in view of Eid-al-Fitr, the Taliban carried out at least two attacks on Monday, in which 21 people were killed, including six civilians.

The presidential palace had welcomed the announcement and said it hoped it can lead to lasting peace.

"I still can not believe they (the Taliban) accepted the ceasefire offer".

There was no report of other casualties. "However, for this to work, we have to have national and global support", Rahimi said.

Violence continued across Afghanistan ahead of the cease-fire.

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In southern Kandahar province, the Taliban stormed a security checkpoint on Saturday night, killing five police, a spokesman for the provincial governor told Reuters.

Qureshi said eight militants were killed and nine wounded in the clashes. A suicide bomber wounded at least 10 civilians when he struck near the education department in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

The United States wants to step up military operations against Islamic State militants in Nangarhar during the ceasefire, the top US general in Afghanistan said on Friday.

A statement from the Afghan president's office said the ceasefire does not include al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

The government announced the cease-fire last week.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has led global security efforts in Afghanistan since 2003.

The top US general in Afghanistan said military operations against IS would intensify during the temporary cease-fire. "Many peace processes are littered with failed cease-fires, but that doesn't mean a process can't ultimately succeed". But it remains uncertain whether American officials will resume and expand discussions they have had intermittently with Taliban representatives since 2010.

No one claimed either attack.

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