At least 21 security force members and nine civilians were killed in twelve provinces--and 49 others were wounded--since the start of the reduction in violence plan that began on February 22, according to Afghan government numbers.
According to the Ministry of Interior, on Friday, the seventh and last day of the reduction in violence period, Taliban insurgents launched attacks on three Afghan forces checkpoints in Kapisa, Laghman and Badakhshan provinces, which resulted in the killing of at least one member of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) and the wounding of three others.
Also, in the northern province of Badakhshan, a local commander of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) was wounded as a result of a roadside mine explosion in Baharak district. But there are no reports about what group planted the bomb.
Saydabad district of Maidan Wardak province, one of the least secure areas, has been peaceful since the reduction in violence plan began. People in the district say that the past week has brought new hopes for them.
According to the residents, except for the center of Saydabad district, the district is controlled by the Taliban.
“People are doing well in terms of business in the past two or three days, there is no problem now between the Taliban and the government forces,” said Naqibullah, a resident of Saydabad district.
“We are very happy now-- the telecom services are working, roads are opened--I wish that peace was restored forever,” said Sayed Ahmad, a resident of Saydabad.
This comes after Kabul witnessed a couple of security incidents over the past few days.
“We want a peace in which there are no more casualties among our people,” said Jawed, a resident in Kabul.