By Nathan Morley
As a 72-hour ceasefire commenced in Afghanistan, worshippers attended mosques across the country where they were checked by armed guards before entering.
It is hoped the halt in fighting will last the duration of the Islamic feast of Eid-al-Adha. Earlier, the Taliban denied any involvement behind a car bomb that killed at least 17 people just hours before the ceasefire started.
Hopes for peace talks
President Ashraf Ghani and the Taliban have both signalled that peace talks could begin straight after Eid, amid calls to extend the ceasefire.
Under a deal signed by the Taliban and the US earlier this year, talks were slated to start in March, but were delayed amid political infighting in Kabul.
Also on Friday, Ghani ordered the release of 500 Taliban prisoners.