Eid ceasefire proved 'wide support' for Afghan Taliban, they say

US drone kills Taliban chief wanted in Malala attack says Ghani

A vehicle bomb has killed at least 26 people in eastern Afghanistan, as Taliban fighters and Afghan soldiers elsewhere in the country came together to celebrate an unprecedented ceasefire.

The extraordinary festivities were marred by a suicide attack in the eastern province of Nangarhar on Saturday that was later claimed by the Islamic State group's franchise in Afghanistan.

Some of those were in critical condition, Khogyani said, adding that it was not clear how many Taliban members were killed or injured.

No group has claimed responsibility for Sunday's explosion but Saturday's was claimed by the local affiliate of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a nine-day extension of the cease-fire after a suicide bombing killed 36 people on Saturday, in hopes that the Taliban would respond in kind.

"The ceasefire ends tonight and our operations will begin, inshallah (God willing)".

Afghan Muslims celebrated the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday on Friday.

What have the Taliban said?

Afghan Deputy Interior Minister Masood Azizi said the ceasefire was being monitored throughout the country.

Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a telephone interview that he could not confirm Fazlullah's death because of the remoteness of the area but also because Afghanistan's Taliban are not present in that area.

The Taliban announced it would still target foreign forces during its ceasefire.

A Kabul police spokesperson said many Taliban handed over their weapons as they entered the city, but in other cities, the insurgents walked through the crowds carrying weapons.

In a rare televised address, Ghani thanked the Taliban for observing the truce and asked the group to extend its own three-day Eid ceasefire, which it announced after the government's in a promising sign of reciprocity.

Taliban members wearing their traditional headgear entered the city of Kabul through gates in the south and southeast, leaving their weapons behind at the entrance.

Nangarhar is a province in eastern Afghanistan.

Thursday's drone strike, which reportedly killed Fazlullah and five other insurgents when missiles slammed into the vehicle in which they were driving, occurred just hours before Afghanistan's Taliban began a three-day cease fire.

"The Afghan people this year are spending the Eid holidays with their families with renewed hope of peace". "I felt for the first time in the eight years of my jihadist life that I am at least safe". "I saw Taliban and police standing side by side and taking selfies". "It is hard to describe the joy".

"We are all just so exhausted of war", he said.

"Not even the attack on peace yesterday in Nangarhar by the enemies of Afghanistan will slow the nationwide momentum or quiet the celebration of a long-overdue cessation of hostilities and a chance for lasting peace".

"Peace is an urgent need and as it turned out that in the last 24 hours there was a consensus between the Afghan government and the Taliban on peace, it proved that we are all for peace", Ghani said on Twitter Saturday night.

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