Senior Taliban commander among dead in hospital attack

Three killed as Afghan protests test Taliban’s promise of peaceful rule


Kabul: According to eyewitnesses, at least three people were killed in an anti-Taliban protest in the Afghan city of Jalalabad on Wednesday as the organization began to form a government and Western countries increased their evacuation from the chaotic Kabul airport. Intensity.

These deaths undermined the Taliban’s efforts to consolidate their rule and their promise of peace after entering the capital. They stated that they will not retaliate against their old enemies and will respect women’s rights within the framework of Islamic law.

Witnesses said that Jalalabad’s death occurred when local residents tried to install the Afghan flag on a square in the city, which was about 150 kilometers (90 miles) from the capital on the main road to Pakistan.

Two witnesses and a former police official told Reuters that more than a dozen people were injured after Taliban insurgents opened fire on protesters in the eastern city.

A Taliban spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment.

Thousands of Afghans, many of whom have helped foreign troops led by the United States in the past two decades, are eager to leave the country and people flock to the Kabul airport.

A Taliban official said that Taliban commanders and soldiers shot into the air on Wednesday to disperse the crowd outside the airport. “We have no intention of hurting anyone,” he told Reuters.

After Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani left the country after Taliban militants seized control, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Gulf States said on Wednesday that he was in the United Arab Emirates.

A Western official told Reuters on Wednesday that approximately 5,000 diplomats, security personnel, aid workers and Afghans had been evacuated from Kabul in the past 24 hours.

He said that the evacuation of military aircraft will take place around the clock, adding that cleaning up the chaos outside the airport is a challenge.

“It’s absolutely busy and chaotic there,” the official said.

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