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KUNDUZ, Aug. 31, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Afghan national army soldiers take part in an operation against Taliban militants in Kunduz city, Afghanistan, Aug. 31, 2019. At least two Afghan security forces and 15 Taliban militants were killed as the Afghan security forces repulsed a Taliban attack on Kunduz city, capital of northern Kunduz province, on Saturday, a provincial government spokesman said. (Photo by Ajmal Kakar/Xinhua/IANS) by .
Afghan national army soldiers take part in an operation against Taliban militants in Kunduz city, Afghanistan. (Photo by Ajmal Kakar/Xinhua/IANS)

Earlier, the Afghan government suggested a nationwide ceasefire with the Taliban to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus and deliver services to the people in Afghanistan, where the global pandemic has forced the country to ban all types of social and political gatherings.

 by . At least 24 Afghan forces were killed in an attack by the Taliban which targeted a military and police outpost in Afghanistan. According to media reports, the attack was appeared to be assisted by Afghan police officers.

The attack, which killed at least 24, occurred Friday morning at 3 a.m. local time at a joint police and army outpost in Zabul province, according to the New York Times.

The reports suggested that the militants were assisted by Afghan police officers who fled the outpost with the Taliban after the shooting attack.

It is also learnt that the militants burned the compound to the ground after killing everyone inside.

Earlier, the Afghan government suggested a nationwide ceasefire with the Taliban to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus and deliver services to the people in Afghanistan, where the global pandemic has forced the country to ban all types of social and political gatherings.

GHAZNI, May 28, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Afghan security force members take part in a military operation in Ghazni province, eastern Afghanistan, May 27, 2019. More than 70 people including Taliban fighters and security personnel have been killed in Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, while some Afghan politicians and a Taliban delegation met in Moscow to mark the 100th anniversary of Afghanistan-Russia diplomatic relations, on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Rohullah/IANS) by .
Afghan security force members take part in a military operation in Ghazni province. (Xinhua/Rohullah/IANS)

“In order to have prevented this pandemic in the country, our suggestion and demand is to go for a ceasefire, so we will be able to help our people with precaution and treatment of this disease in every corner of Afghanistan,” Defence Minister, Asadullah Khalid said in a video message on Thursday, accompanied by Interior Minister Masoud Andarabi.

Khalid said the Afghan government and security forces were working throughout the country to prevent the spread of the virus and to deliver necessary services and assistance to residents and needed to reach people in every part of the country, reports Efe news.

However, the Taliban did not respond to the government’s suggestion.

Earlier, the Presidential advisor Waheed Omer said that no Taliban prisoner would be released without a guarantee of the two stated conditions.

He said Taliban prisoners will be released gradually but only if the intra-Afghan negotiations begin and there was a significant reduction in violence in the country

“We are reviewing the Taliban prisoner list. The release of the 5,000 prisoners will not take place ar once. It will take time so that we can learn about the crimes for which each has been imprisoned,” Omer said.

But Taliban has already rejected the government’s plan for a gradual release of prisoners and said that they will not attend the intra-Afghan negotiations unless all the 5,000 inmates were freed at once.

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