Taliban, Afghan forces exchange Eid greetings

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Afghanistan's Taliban has rejected an extension to a three-day cease-fire coinciding with the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

Earlier in the day, the sworn enemies were seen embracing each other in the streets in a rare moment of peace in war-torn Afghanistan.

On Saturday, Taliban members entered the Afghan capital, Kabul urging people to come forward and take selfies with them.

In some districts of the eastern city of Jalalabad, civilians were offering dry fruit, traditional candies and ice cream to Taliban militants.

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.

President Ashraf Ghani had over the weekend extended his forces' own week-long ceasefire and called on the Taliban to do the same. They have yet to reply.

Fazlullah had been a major figure in the TTP even before he became emir in late 2013, and led a Pakistan Taliban militia in the country's Swat Valley prior to his elevation to leadership of the group. The wounded were taken to hospitals for treatment, he said. They have also demanded the withdrawal of all foreign forces.

In a statement, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington was ready to work with the Afghan government, the Taliban, and all the people of Afghanistan to reach a peace agreement and political settlement.

Although he wanted an extended cease-fire, he said he would not lay down his weapons permanently until "all the foreign troops leave Afghanistan".

The government reiterated that its weeklong cease-fire that began last Tuesday was with the Taliban and did not include US counterterrorism efforts against IS, al-Qaida, and other regional and worldwide terrorist groups.

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Kabul police and sources in the Afghan spy agency NDS confirmed that a number of Taliban militants entered Kabul on Saturday, but that they were disarmed beforehand.

Lashkar Gah, where the Taliban have delivered a series of blows to government forces this year. "The Afghan people this year are spending the Eid holidays with their families with renewed hope of peace". "It is hard to describe the joy", said Qais Liwal, a student in Zabul.

One image even showed an Afghan general leaving his auto to have selfies taken with an enthusiastic group of Taliban fighters.

'I could not believe my eyes. "I was very surprised when I saw Taliban and security forces posing together for pictures". "They're looking for an outright victory", one diplomat told AFP on condition of anonymity.

In southern Kandahar, Haji Gulalai said he welcomed the cease-fire. The Afghan Government's peace offer, which has been supported by the worldwide community, enables every issue to be discussed.

Nangarhar province is where Islamic State has established its strong bases and its militants routinely carry out targeted killings and suicide bombings.

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

The Saturday's blast followed Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's announcement of an extension of the government's week-long ceasefire with the Taliban.

In his televised speech to the nation, President Ghani said the decision has been taken in consideration with the available consensus on government level as well as the Taliban ranks and on worldwide community level.

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