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The Taliban on Monday directed Afghans to boycott upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for October 20, as they ramp up attacks in strategic provinces.
At least 10 policemen have been killed in clashes with Taliban fighters in the central Afghan province of Wardak, officials said.
Dutch officials Saturday said a knife-wielding attacker who wounded two US citizens at Amsterdam Central Station a day before “had a terrorist motive”.
Both Taliban and government forces claimed they were in control of the eastern Afghan city of Ghazni Saturday, after insurgents stormed the provincial capital, triggering fierce fighting.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a formal end to his government's ceasefire with the Taliban and ordered security forces to resume operations against the group.
"The ceasefire ends tonight and our operations will begin, inshallah," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.
The Taliban have banned their fighters from attending public gatherings, going into cities and meeting with the Afghan public, as well as officials and security forces, during the three-day ceasefire, according to a statement by the militants.
A Canadian man who was held captive by a faction of the Afghan Taliban for five years has been arrested on 15 charges including sexual assault, illegal confinement and issuing death threats, according to reports on Tuesday.
One NATO soldier and three civilians were killed and four injured in the suicide attack that targeted a NATO convoy in Afghanistan in different days, Basir Mujahid, police spokesman in Kabul province, said on Friday.