Kabul (Afghanistan), June 17: At least 36 were killed and 65 others were injured in a suicide attack amid the Eid ul-Fitr celebrations in Rodat, Afghanistan. As per the local media, the blast rocked a gathering of Afghan security forces, civilians and Taliban celebrating Eid and ceasefire in the evening in Nanagarhar region. Daesh terrorist group took the responsibility for the attack.
Nangarhar provincial Police Chief Ghulam Sanayee Stanikzai said that most of the dead and wounded are believed to be Taliban fighters. The explosion was reported at around 5:15 p.m. (8:45 a.m. ET) and the injured were taken to a nearby hospital. “A suicide attack struck a gathering of Afghan forces and Taliban movement in the city of Jalal Abbad in Nangarhar,” a Daesh statement said.
The Afghan attack came after President Ashraf Ghani announced an extension of the ceasefire with the Taliban after both the sides agreed to halt the fighting for the celebration of the end of the holy month of Ramadan. “I order the security forces to remain on their defensive positions,” Ghani said, announcing an extension of the ceasefire in Afghanistan, which was supposed to end on Sunday.
The past day – where Taliban and government forces and officials mingled during Eid al-Fitr, the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan – “proved that we are all for peace”, Ghani said. During the ceasefire Taliban militants could receive medical and humanitarian assistance and Taliban prisoners could see their families, he added.