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19 Afghan police killed in Taliban attack on base: officials

AFP  |  Kunduz (Afghanistan) 

At least 19 officers were killed today in a pre-dawn raid by the on a base in the northern province of Kunduz, officials said, hours before the militants announced an unprecedented ceasefire starting next week.

The claimed responsibility for the attack, which came a day after the insurgents stormed a military base in the western province of Herat, killing 17 Afghan soldiers.

provincial governor spokesman said five members of the local police force were also wounded in today's attack on a police base in district.

confirmed the death toll and said eight fighters were also killed.

Both attacks came hours before the Taliban announced a ceasefire with Afghan security forces for the first three days of Eid, the holiday that caps and which is due to begin at the end of next week.

That unexpected move came two days after the Afghan government's own surprise announcement of an apparently unilateral week-long halt to operations against the Taliban.

It would last "from the 27th of until the fifth day of Eid-al-Fitr", tweeted from an official account, indicating the ceasefire could run from June 12-19.

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First Published: Sat, June 09 2018. 17:40 IST