Taliban Completes Release of Govt Prisoners: Spokesman

A Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen in a statement on Thursday said the Taliban has fulfilled its part of the US-Taliban deal, which called for the group to release 1,000 Afghan government prisoners. 

He stated that the Taliban had freed another 82 prisoners on Thursday, bringing the total released by the Taliban to 1,005. 

According to Shaheen, based on the Doha agreement, the Taliban has fulfilled its commitment of releasing 1,000 Afghan government forces in exchange for the 5,000 Taliban inmates to be released by the Afghan government, according to the agreement. 

The Afghan government has so far released around 4,400.

On Tuesday, the Taliban announced a three-day ceasefire for Eid, to which the Afghan government also agreed. However, violence has drastically increased following the US-Taliban peace agreement which was signed between the two sides in Doha on February 29.

In the latest incident of violence, a bomb blast in Pul-e-Alam city, the capital of Logar province, has killed at least eight people and wounded 30 others, according to the MInistry of Interior. 

The Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid on Twitter denied any involvement of the group with the Logar blast. 

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