Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the Nangarhar Governor, said at least 20 security forces had been killed and 15 others are wounded in Taliban attacks in the province.

Taliban insurgents attacked security checkpoints in Hesarak, Sherzad, and Khogyani districts of Eastern Nangarhar province Wednesday night, Khogyani told the press.

Meanwhile, at least 29 Taliban insurgents including a commander were killed and 20 others wounded in the counter-attacks, according to Khogyani.

The report came at a time the Taliban’s Spokesman Mohammad Naeem Wardak said Wednesday in Doha the group will not agree to a ceasefire unless the main cause of the war is discussed on the peace ‘negotiating table’, according to sources.

Taliban have not immediately commented on the incident.

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