The Taliban announced its first ceasefire in Afghanistan since the 2001 US invasion today, with a three-day halt in hostilities against the country’s security forces that was greeted with relief by war-weary Afghans.

The group however warned the suspension of fighting for the first three days of Eid, did not extend to foreign forces, who would continue to be targeted by the militants.

The unexpected move came two days after the afghan government’s own surprise announcement of a week-long halt to operations against the Taliban.