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At least 17 killed due to ‘celebratory’ firing by Taliban

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The incident took place late at night on Friday, September 3, when it was reported that 17 people have been killed and several others have been injured due to a celebratory firing by the Taliban in Kabul after they claimed that they have assumed control of the Panjshir valley.

The Taliban announced yesterday that they have entered the Panjshir valley and assumed control of the region after defeating the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRFA). A video was posted after the firing by an Afghani news agency, where people were seen rushing their loved ones to the hospital after getting injured.

The Shamshad news agency said “aerial shooting” in Kabul on Friday killed 17 people and wounded 41. Tolo news agency gave a similar toll.

At least 14 people were injured in celebratory firing in Nangarhar province east of the capital, said Gulzada Sangar, spokesman for an area hospital in the provincial capital of Jalalabad.

The gunfire drew a rebuke from the main Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid.

“Avoid shooting in the air and thank God instead,” Mujahid said in a message on Twitter. “Bullets can harm civilians, so don’t shoot unnecessarily.”After the Taliban’s claims about taking over Panjshir surfaced, the resistance group from the valley dismissed them, stating that the Taliban has not defeated the NRFA and that they will be continuing their movement against the militant group.

Former Afghanistan Vice President and commander of the resistance force in Panjshir, Amrullah Saleh tweeted, “The RESISTANCE is continuing and will continue. I am here with my soil, for my soil & defending its dignity.” – PTI

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