The Taliban on Wednesday killed at least one protester in Jalalabad city during a demonstration demanding the reinstallation of Afghanistan’s flag on offices instead of the Taliban’s flag, an Afghan health official told AP.
The Taliban, which has swept the country in recent days, opened fire on the crowd who had gathered in the city to protest against the group’s hardline rule over Afghanistan. Earlier reports suggested that two people were killed while six others were injured.
According to local news agency Pajhwok Afghan News, dozens were injured after shots were fired at a crowd carrying the Afghan national flag on the streets of Jalalabad.
In video footage believe to have been taken from the incident protestors can be seen walking down the street, chanting as they wave the national flag – then suddenly there are bursts of gunfire sending the demonstrators running for their lives.
In a separate act of violence, AFP reported that a statue of a prominent anti-Taliban fighter killed by the group before they took power for the first time in the 1990s had been decapitated in Bamiyan city.
We are not sure who has blown up the statue (of Abdul Ali Mazari), but there are different groups of Taliban present here, including some… who are known for their brutality,” a resident told AFP.
The Taliban had previously vowed that it would not seek vengeance or retribution against anyone that worked with allies forces or the previous government.
On Wednesday, evacuations from Kabul airport were ongoing as western countries scramble to take out their citizens and friendly Afghans.
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