Taliban gunmen in Afghanistan fired in the air on Tuesday to scatter protesters in the Afghan capital of Kabul, witnesses said, as footage showed scores of people hurry to escape volleys of gunfire, although there were no immediate reports of any injuries.
Thousands of men and women shouting slogans such as “Long live the resistance,” & “Death to Pakistan” marched in the streets of Kabul to protest against the Taliban and what they called interference in Afghanistan’s affairs by neighbouring Pakistan.
“The Islamic government is shooting at our poor people,” one panic-stricken woman on the street says over sounds of gunfire in an Iranian television news video clip posted on Twitter. “These people (Taliban) are very unjust, and they are not human at all.”
Antony Blinken U.S. Secretary of State said on Tuesday the United States is in contact with about 100 Americans who have remained behind in Afghanistan and is working to make sure charter flights can leave safely.
Around 1,000 people, including Americans, have been stuck in the northern Afghanistan for days awaiting clearance for charter flights to leave.
the Islamist militants had claimed victory in the last Afghan region still holding out against their rule, declaring that the capture of the Panjshir valley completed their takeover, and promising to name a new government soon.
Pictures on social media showed Taliban members standing in front of the gate of the Panjshir provincial governor’s compound after days of fighting with the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRFA), commanded by Panjshiri leader Ahmad Massoud.
“Panjshir, which was the last hideout of the escapee enemy, is captured,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told a news conference.
The Taliban, who swept across Afghanistan last month as the U.S.-backed government collapsed, have repeatedly sought to reassure Afghans and foreign countries that they will not return to the brutality of their last period of rule two decades ago, marked by spectacles of violent punishment and the barring of women and girls from public life.