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Afghanistan: A ceasefire starts Monday for Eid al-Adha

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By Louise Miner  with Reuters
Afghanistan: A ceasefire starts Monday for Eid al-Adha

A ceasefire in Afghanistan will start on Monday to mark the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday.

That's according to the Afghan President who announced it at the independence anniversary.

Taliban sources say their leaders had also provisionally agreed a four-day truce during the annual Islamic feast of sacrifice and that they would free hundreds of prisoners.

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, Afghan president says, "The announcement of this cease-fire means, that the cease-fire should be observed from both sides, and also its continuation and duration depends on the Taliban standing firm in this regard. A cease-fire cannot be one sided".

It comes days after intensive fighting in Ghazni and Faryab. Around 95 civilians were killed in Ghazni and there are missing personnel in a Faryab district.

The siege in Ghazni lasted five days and severely damaged the historic neighbourhoods.