Members of the Taliban Badri 313 military unit take a position at the airport in Kabul | Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Bloomberg
Members of the Taliban Badri 313 military unit take a position at the airport in Kabul | Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Bloomberg | Representational image
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New Delhi: The Taliban Friday asked its militants to refrain from shooting into the air after reports claimed that at least two people died and several others were injured during celebratory firing by the insurgent group in Kabul.

The Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid took to Twitter to ask militants not to shoot unnecessarily, saying that these bullets are more likely to harm civilians.

A translation of Mujahid’s tweet reads: “Attention, Mujahideen in Kabul and across the country: Avoid shooting in the air and thank 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.”

Kabul saw the Taliban firing into the air Friday night, reportedly to celebrate gains on the battlefield in Panjshir province. The Taliban claimed they had captured the center of Shutul district in Panjshir along with 11 outposts held by opposition forces.

However, the resistance forces have denied this claim. Panjshir is the last province of Afghanistan holding out against the Taliban.

Conflicting reports on casualties

Several photos and videos have since emerged on social media, showing people taking their wounded relatives to the hospital.

TOLO News reported that as many as 17 bodies and 41 wounded people were transferred to the emergency hospital in Kabul.

 

However, in response, Emergency NGO’s Kabul hospital tweeted saying that since 9 pm Friday evening, Emergency NGO’s Kabul hospital admitted three patients, treated seven outpatients, and received two people dead on arrival.

TOLO News later tweeted to say that it “incorrectly said 17 were killed, 41 were wounded at facility”.

The Washington Post quoted an official at the Emergency Hospital in Kabul as saying that two people were killed and 12 were wounded in the celebratory firing.

(The report has been updated to reflect the correct death toll. An earlier tweet by TOLONews said 17 people died.)


Also read: Tolo woman journalist who interviewed Taliban flees Afghanistan before US completes pullout


 

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