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Taliban forces put ceasefire under pressure with hostage large group of bus passengers

The taliban have in the north of Afghanistan is a more than a hundred passengers of three buses kidnapped. The greatest part was, however, soon liberated. The action comes just at the time that the Afghan government a cease-fire with the taliban are announced.

Report this to the local authorities. The passengers were Monday morning on the road between Takhar, in the north of the country, and the capital Kabul. Their buses were stopped by the talibanmilitanten and they were taken to a nearby village, reported the governor of the district of Khan Abad, where the attack took place.

According to a second officer picked up the attackers all government officials from the group home they were on their way to the Ceremony. On board of the buses would be 300 to 400 people seated, and about half was taken hostage.

According to news agency Associated Press could the government forces a few hours after the abduction 149 free people. Twenty-one others were still in the hands of the taliban.

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On Sunday, the Afghan president Ashraf Ghani cease-fires of three months, if the taliban and their attacks stop. He came up with that proposal because of the annual hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca.

The taliban have not yet officially responded to the proposal, but sources within the group to Reuters reported that their leaders have agreed to a truce of four days. Supreme leader Sheikh Haibatullah Akhunzada still needs his ultimate approval.

Yet, according to Reuters, the taliban, let them know that they hundreds of prisoners will be set free without details to give. Fox News reported of 500 prisoners would be freed.

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