Kabul: At least 17 people, including children, were killed and 41 were injured here during celebratory firing by the Taliban, local Afghan news agency Asvaka reported. The celebratory firing occurred after the new Afghan rulers claimed that they had taken control of the Panjshir and defeated the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRFA).Also Read - Taliban Announces New Cabinet For Afghanistan’s Caretaker Govt: Here's List of Key Ministers
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“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. Also Read - Taliban Finalises its Leadership, Nominates Mullah Hasan Akhund as Head of Afghanistan
However, their claim was dismissed by Ahmad Massoud, leader of the resistance forces in Panjshir. Taking to Twitter, Massoud said, “News of Panjshir conquests is circulating on Pakistani media. This is a lie. Conquering Panjshir will be my last day in Panjshir, inshallah.
‘Do not Shoot Unnecessarily’
On the other hand, Taliban spokesperson Zabihulla Mujahid has asked the insurgents not to shoot unnecessarily after the reports of 17 people losing their lives surfaced.
“Attention, Mujahidin in Kabul city and all over the country: Avoid firing in the air and give thanks to Allah instead. Weapons and ammunition are in your hands, no one has the right to waste them. Cold bullets are more likely to harm civilians; So don’t shoot unnecessarily,” Mujahid said.
Mullah Baradar to Lead New Govt
Mullah Baradar, the head of the Taliban’s political office, will lead the new government in Afghanistan, at least three sources in the Islamist group confirmed this to the news agency Reuters. If sources are to be believed, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, the son of late Taliban founder Mullah Omar, and Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai will be given senior positions in the government