Militants in Kabul have staged a brazen attack on the presidential palace where Afghan leader Hamid Karzai was due to hold a press conference. Police say 4 gunmen were killed in a 90 minute shoot-out.
Dozens of war-weary Afghans took part in the near 700-kilometer trek across the country. The peaceful protest was launched after a deadly car bombing in Helmand in March and ended amid fresh Taliban attacks.
The reported death of Mullah Fazlullah, leader of the Pakistani Taliban, is likely to reduce tensions between Washington and Islamabad, but it is unclear whether Pakistan will support Afghan peace efforts.
Taliban and Afghan government fighters have observed a three-day truce that coincided with Eid. But two bombings on Saturday and Sunday left a total of at least 55 people dead, and more than 100 injured.
The Taliban have reciprocated a ceasefire offer by Kabul ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid. It's the first time the group has agreed to a truce with the Afghan government, which is aiming to end the 16-year conflict.
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