Taliban members take selfies, hug Afghan soldiers during unprecedented Eid ceasefire

It is the first time the Taliban has agreed to a ceasefire for Eid since the US invasion in 2001

It is the first time the Taliban has agreed to a ceasefire for Eid since the US invasion in 2001

While no one has yet claimed responsibility for Saturday's explosion in Rodat district of eastern Nangarhar province, the Islamic State affiliate, which did not sign on to the cease-fire, has a strong presence in the area.

A auto bomb killed 36 people in Nangarhar on Saturday, an attack claimed by Daesh terrorist group.

In northern Kunduz province, Doctor Abdul Majhid said almost 2,000 Taliban were seen celebrating in the city, many of them with family and friends but also several were seen celebrating with Afghan Security Forces.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the militant group's news agency.

"There is no intention to extend the ceasefire", Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Reuters.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had announced a separate eight-day ceasefire with the Taliban on Tuesday, which he extended on Saturday.

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Governors and senior government officials hosted small feasts, played music to welcome the militants' ceasefire, coinciding with the close of the month-long Ramadan fasting season.

Men and women gathered around the soldiers and Taliban fighters and urged them to keep their weapons holstered before they hugged each other.

The chairman of the High Peace Council, a government body charged with negotiating an end to the almost 17-year war, called on the Taliban to accept the extended ceasefire and join the peace process.

But some Taliban commanders also told AFP they disapproved of their fighters visiting government-controlled areas and celebrating with security forces.

"There is no doubt that there would be more developments in peace talks with the Taliban, Karmi Khalili, HPC chief said, adding that Taliban always emphasized the need for an Afghan owned peace process".

A Reuters reporter in Jalalabad saw more than a dozen Taliban insurgents enjoying their food and playing with children.

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Western diplomats based in Kabul said they were issuing fresh travel warnings for the whole country.

The attack came a day after a suicide bomber targeted a joint gathering of Afghan Taliban fighters, police and army personnel who were celebrating an unprecedented ceasefire and Eidul Fitr.

"I have seen several Taliban vehicles and motorcycles leaving the city today in the afternoon", Sohrab Qaderi, provincial council member of Nangarhar province in the east, told Reuters. Rampant corruption in the Afghan government and a long tug-of-war within the US-brokered national unity government has had a negative impact on the government's efforts to eradicate terrorism.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, echoing Ghani's remarks, said peace talks would have to include a discussion on the role of "international actors and forces".

"Mujahideen throughout the country are ordered to continue their operations against the foreign invaders and their internal puppets as before", they said in a statement. This is the first time that the Taliban has ever extended an offer of this kind to the Afghan government.

"To respect the public's wishes and to support their demands about peace, I am ordering the security and defense forces to extend the ceasefire from the fourth day of Eid".

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