Several people, including children, were reportedly killed and injured in Kabul on Friday night after the Taliban fighters fired celebratory aerial gunshots claiming victory over the Panjshir valley.
Several people, including children, were reportedly killed and injured in Kabul due to the Taliban’s celebratory aerial gunfire on Friday night, according to local Afghan news agency Asvaka.
Heavy celebratory gunfire was heard across Kabul on Friday after the Taliban claimed that they have taken control of the Panjshir valley and defeated the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRFA). In photos and videos shared on social media, people were seen taking their wounded relatives to the hospital.
“By the grace of Allah Almighty, we are in control of entire Afghanistan. The troublemakers have been defeated and Panjshir is now under our command,” Reuters quoted one Taliban commander as saying.
However, Ahmad Massoud, leader of the resistance forces in Panjshir, said that the news of the Panshir conquest was false. “News of Panjshir conquests is circulating on Pakistani media. This is a lie. Conquering Panjshir will be my last day in Panjshir, inshallah,” he said in a tweet.
Ebadullah Saleh, son of deposed vice president Amrullah Saleh, also said the Taliban’s claim of victory over Panjshir was false.
Amrullah Saleh, who is one of the leaders of the resistance forces in Panjshir, himself cleared the air over him fleeing Afghanistan. He told Tolo News that he was in the Panjshir valley and managing the situation.
“I am with our commanders and our political leaders and are managing the situation. Of course, it’s a difficult situation, we are under the invasion of the Taliban and Pakistanis and Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups,” Amrullah Saleh said.
After the peace talks failed on the negotiation table, the Taliban launched a multi-prolonged attack on Panjshir. Gunfights between the Taliban and the resistance front have been reported throughout this week.