Blast hits football ground in eastern Afghanistan. At least three people have been killed and 11 wounded in an explosion in Afghanistan’s eastern Khost province. The bomb detonated near a football pitch in Nadir Shah Kot district on Monday afternoon, the provincial governor’s spokesman Talib Khan Mangal told Afghan media. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.The bombing comes after the Taliban said it was resuming offensive operations against Afghan security forces
The hard-line Islamist group had observed a “reduction in violence” in the week leading up to the agreement. The deal included a commitment to hold peace talks with the Afghan government. But the group’s spokesman said on Monday the talks would not go ahead if 5,000 Taliban prisoners held by the government were not released.
The Taliban said they would resume fighting Afghan forces, but would not target international troops. This contradicted Mr Ghani’s comments on Sunday. He had said the partial truce was set to continue “with a goal to reach a full ceasefire”.
General Scott Miller, the US forces commander in Afghanistan, said the reduction in violence “was a confidence builder”, adding: “We’re very serious about our obligations and we expect the Taliban will be serious about their obligations. “The United States has been very clear about our expectations – the violence must remain low.”