Kabul, June 11: Insurgent group Taliban on Monday staged two separate terror attacks in Afghanistan -- first in Jalalabad town in Nangarhar, followed by an assault on security personnel in Kunduz. At least 15 among the Afghan forces were reported dead in the latter strike.
According to Pajhwok Afghan News, the security base in Kunduz province was fired upon by Taliban militants which led to the death of 15 personnel and caused injuries to over dozen others. The victims have been rushed to the nearby hospital.
Shortly before the attack in Kunduz, Taliban militants fired upon an educational department building in Nangarhar's Jalalabad.
"It is confirmed that gunmen have attacked the education department's building in Jalalabad and a gunfight is currently underway," Asif Shinwari, head of Education Department for Nangarhar, was reported as saying by TOLO News.
The fresh terror strikes by Taliban comes a couple of days after it agreed to a unilateral 'Eid ceasefire' proposed by the Ashraf Ghani-led government in Afghanistan.
As per the pact agreed to by both the sides, the temporary truce will remain intact till June 20. In a statement issued by Taliban on Friday, the militant group said it agreed to the ceasefire in order to minimise inconvenience to the civilian populace. However, Taliban said it "reserves the right to retaliate and target the foreign troops stationed on the Afghan soil."
Experts claim the non-adherence to the ceasefire is caused by the internal divisions within the Taliban ranks. While the splinter group led by Mullah Mohammad Rasul has welcomed the truce proposal by the Ghani regime, the Quetta core faction is reportedly not in favour to suspend the insurgency operations.