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GHAZNI, June 28, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Militants stand handcuffed after being arrested in Ghazni province, eastern Afghanistan, June 28, 2020. Ten militants have been killed as warplanes struck a Taliban gathering in Afghanistan's eastern Ghazni province on Sunday, provincial government spokesman Wahidullah Jumazada said. The security forces also captured six more militants from Ghazni city, the provincial capital, and its surrounding areas over the past couple of days. (Photo by Sayed Mominzadah/Xinhua/IANS) by .
Militants stand handcuffed after being arrested in Ghazni province, eastern Afghanistan. (Photo by Sayed Mominzadah/Xinhua/IANS)

The Taliban will release all the remaining Afghan government prisoners by Eid as a goodwill gesture, a spokesman of the militant group said.

“The other side must also complete the process of releasing the pledged 5,000 detainees in accordance with the Doha Agreement, and the list, in order to facilitate the start of intra-Afghan talks after Eid,” TOLO News quoted Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban’s Qatar office, as saying in a tweet on Wednesday.

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Under the US-Taliban peace deal that was signed in Doha, the Afghan government would release 5,000 Taliban members, of which it has so far freed more than 4,400.

And the Taliban would release 1,000, of which it has released over 800.

The prisoner exchange was a provision in the agreement intended as a confidence-building measure that would pave the way for the intra-Afghan negotiations.

SHIBERGHAN, Dec. 30, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Afghan security force members walk past coffins of comrades killed in a checkpoint attack by Taliban militants in Faiz Abad district of Jawzjan province, Afghanistan, Dec. 30, 2019.n A total of 14 Afghan security force members were killed after Taliban militants stormed a security checkpoint in Afghanistan's northern province of Jawzjan on Monday, a provincial government spokesman said. (Photo by Mohammad Jan Aria/Xinhua/IANS) by .
Afghan security force members walk past coffins of comrades killed in a checkpoint attack by Taliban militants in Faiz Abad district of Jawzjan province, Afghanistan. (Photo by Mohammad Jan Aria/Xinhua/IANS)

On Tuesday, the Taliban announced a three-day ceasefire during Eid al-Adha ahead of the intra-Afghan negotiations that are expected in the coming weeks.

The group called on its fighters to avoid attacking Afghan forces and to not enter government-controlled areas, reports TOLO News.

This is the third ceasefire in the country since June 2019.

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