Fighting between the Taliban and Afghan government resumed Sunday as the three-day ceasefire earlier agreed by the warring sides to observe the Eid celebration came to an end.

Officials revealed that there have been clashes on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the capital of the southern province of Helmand.

“The fighting started early today and is still ongoing,” Attaullah Afghan, head of the Helmand provincial council, told AFP.

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According to him, Taliban fighters attacked security checkpoints on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah and other districts.

The Afghan army spokesman also confirmed the development.

The fighting which started since the United States began its final troop withdrawal from Afghanistan earlier this month, was put on hold last week in order to allow peaceful Eid prayers.

However, the calm broke on Friday as a mosque on the outskirts of the Afghan capital was bombed, killing 12 people including the imam leading Friday prayers. The attack was claimed by the jihadist Islamic State group.

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It comes after negotiators from the Afghan government and Taliban said they had met in Doha on Friday to discuss speeding up peace talks, which opened in September but have made little headway.

Before the ceasefire, the fourth agreed pause in fighting in the two-decades-long conflict, violence had previously surged in several provinces of Afghanistan – including former insurgent bastions Helmand and Kandahar.

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