The United States welcomed Taliba's ceasefire in Afghanistan over this week starting Wednesday as the Eid-Ul-Fitr Festival nears. Eid-ul-Fitr is a major Islam festival that marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
The US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price also denounced the school Bombings in Kabul, addressing a routine news conference.
“The circumstances of the bombing over the weekend, they are not yet crystal clear. … There are some indications that this may have been attributable to ISIS and not the Taliban,” Price signaled the involvement of the Islamic State in the school bombings at Kabul.
“We’re still looking into what or who is responsible, but I would note that ISIS has been responsible for similar attacks on Shia communities in Kabul in the past,” he said.
Afghan officials reported that at least 150 people, including young students, were also injured. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. The Afghan government accused the Taliban of being behind the violence, but the insurgents denied their involvement.
“We note the Taliban has denied involvement in the attack, and we welcome their announcement of a three-day cease-fire over the upcoming holiday,” Price said.
“We urge the Taliban to extend the cease-fire and order a significant reduction in violence. We all know that a return to violence would be senseless, as well as tragic. We remind the Taliban that engaging in violence will not afford it legitimacy or durability.”