As many as 17 bodies and 41 wounded people were transferred to the emergency hospital’s facility in Kabul on Friday night due to citywide indiscriminate firing by terrorists into the air, Tolo News has reported. As per the report, Taliban terrorists fired their guns yesterday in celebration after receiving the fake news that Panjshir Province had fallen to their forces on Friday.
A number of women rights activists and reporters, who were protesting in Kabul for the second straight day, said that Taliban terrorists lobbed tear gas shells on their procession to stop them from marching toward the Afghan presidential palace.
“Celebratory gunfire” was heard in Kabul amid conflicting reports over the situation in Panjshir valley where Taliban fighters are fighting rival forces for control of Afghanistan’s final holdout province.
More than 300 terrorists from both sides have lost their lives during the fighting over the past few days. Yesterday, the Taliban claimed that the province had fallen. However, the Northern Resistance Front, led mostly by Uzbeks and Tajiks, has refuted the claim by the Taliban.
“News of Panjshir conquests is circulating on Pakistani media. This is a lie. It’s fake news,” said Ahmad Massoud, who is leading the rebels.
The capital city of Kabul fell to the Taliban on 15 August, prompting a chaotic and deadly exit of US-led NATO forces, which was completed on Monday midnight as the last American soldier boarded a flight out of the war-ravaged country.
Meanwhile, as Taliban terrorists entered Kabul, executives at Afghanistan’s biggest independent TV network had a tough decision to make: stay on-air or go dark.
Tolo News kept broadcasting, but like the rest of the country’s TV and radio stations, it now faces a tough and uncertain future under the Taliban, whose return has sent fear coursing through the media.
Meanwhile, the Taliban has postponed the formation of their government in Afghanistan by a week, their spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said today. The insurgents are struggling to give shape to a broad-based and inclusive administration acceptable to the international community.
The terrorists were expected to announce on 4 August the formation of the new government in Kabul, likely to be led by the outfit’s co-founder Mulla Abdul Ghani Baradar. This is the second that the Taliban have delayed the formation of the new government in Kabul since they seized Kabul.