The Taliban group has said it would cease fire in areas which would be affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in a bid to allow the medical teams provide healthcare services.

Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesperson, said in a Twitter post that the Taliban group would cease fire in the areas which are under the control of the group, provided that those areas areas are affected by coronavirus.

He also added that the move should not be interpreted as an act of ceasefire.

Mujahid made the remarks as efforts are underway to find a negotiated political settlement to end the war in Afghanistan.

Reduction in violence was among the main conditions included in the U.S.-Taliban peace deal which was signed late in the month of February.

However, the latest trend shows that the Taliban group has not only reduced violence but is attempting to carry out coordinated attacks in the remote areas of the country despite the Afghan forces are in a full defense posture.


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