He said security forces would observe a ceasefire if the Taliban reciprocated and also called a truce. Afghan security forces battled the militants inside the city for five days, as the USA carried out airstrikes and sent advisers to help the Afghan ground forces.
President Ashraf Ghani said it would come into effect on Monday if the Taliban accepted, but the militants have not responded yet.
They have warned they will be releasing 500 prisoners, including some Afghan security forces.
Abdul Rahman Aqtash, police chief in neighboring Takhar province, said the passengers were from Badakhshan and Takhar provinces and were traveling to the capital, Kabul. Esmatullah Muradi, a spokesman for the governor in the northern province, said the Taliban have demanded the national identifications of the captives to determine their fate.
President Ashraf Ghani's spokesman Haroon Chakhansuri said on Monday military operations against the Taliban will continue, unless the group announces a formal ceasefire.
The identities of the captives have not been made public, but Mohammad Yusouf Ayubi, the head of the provincial council, said the insurgents likely targeted the three buses to try to abduct civil servants or members of the security forces.
The Taliban had taken control of part of Bulcheragh district and more than 50 government forces were missing, he added.
"We deployed our people to different places of the main highway and started searching all vehicles passing through the road to capture Afghan army and policemen", a Taliban commander told NBC News on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.
President Donald Trump's impatience with the 17-year-old war in has promptedU.S. diplomats and commanders to kick-start negotiations with the Taliban, including holding direct talks with the militants.
Earlier this month, the Taliban launched a major assault on the eastern city of Ghazni, just 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Kabul and the capital of a province with the same name.
More than 100 Afghan security forces personnel and up to 250 civilians died, according to early United Nations estimates.
In a message released on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, and without mentioning any cease-fire, Akhunzadah said the insurgents remain committed to "Islamic goals", the sovereignty of Afghanistan and ending the war.
The Western-backed government in Kabul has been struggling to fend off the Taliban and other militant groups since the withdrawal of most North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in 2014.
China isn't the only country the USA has a rocky relationship with - Turkey is causing a few headaches for U.S. leaders as well. Benchmark 10-year notes US10YT=RR last fell 6/32 in price to yield 2.8732 percent, from 2.851 percent late on Wednesday.
In a statement , London's Metropolitan Police said its counter-terrorism unit is leading the current investigation. The vehicle is said to have been driven at speed, and to have lifted off the ground when it hit the barriers.
After a confident innings from the young wicket-keeper batsmen, Pant played a no shot to throw away his wicket . India ought to have made life miserable for England's openers, both of whom had been struggling for confidence.
IS, which considers Shias to be heretics, frequently targets them, attacking their mosques, schools and cultural centres. He says that in past two years, there were at least 13 attacks on the Shiite community in Kabul alone.
He mentions taking action in courts, among other things, and says "people need to have their battle rifles ready". However, neither social media company states how many violations would lead to a permanent ban.
And one of the individuals - Hayden - told Vox's Alex Ward that revoking his security clearance won't stop him from speaking out. They have " politicized, and in some cases monetized, their public service and security clearances ", Sanders told reporters.
Faber said his team tested, "45 samples of products made with conventionally grown oats", and found glyphosate in all but two. He said developmental studies are still needed to show how glyphosate will effect children and infants later in life.
Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but spent many of her pre-teen years in Buffalo's Cold Springs neighborhood. Actress-singer Mandy Moore, who stars in "This Is Us" with Brown, said Franklin has "the most incredible legacy".
People also have been asked to avoid the Sabarimala hill shrine as the water level in the nearby rain-fed Pampa River was rising. In fact, due to flooding and landslips, several trains at the Thiruvananthapuram-Nagarcoil route have been cancelled.
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