Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi welcomed the announcement of a three-day cease-fire by the Taliban militant group, calling it a positive step towards peace and stability in Afghanistan.
A suicide car bomber in central Afghanistan targeted a convoy of Afghan troops, killing eight soldiers, the Defense Ministry said, while Taliban militants claimed responsibility for the attack amid a nationwide escalation of violence.
The Taliban have killed or wounded more than 400 Afghan security personnel over the past week, the Interior Ministry said Sunday, accusing the militants of increasing attacks ahead of expected peace talks.
Taliban members stormed an Afghan border post Friday, killing at least 14 security force members, the militants and officials said, the latest in a series of attacks since the end of a brief cease-fire.
The United Nations on Tuesday called for an immediate reduction of violence in Afghanistan, warning that civilian casualties at the hands of both the Taliban and Afghan security forces are on the increase.
The Taliban on Monday claimed responsibility for an attack at a military center in southern Helmand Province in Afghanistan where at least 150 members of the Afghan Army and intelligence wing were stationed.
The Taliban have mounted more than 4,500 attacks in Afghanistan, marking a sharp escalation in violence, in the 45 days since signing a deal with the United States that paves the way for a US troop drawdown, fresh data shows.