17 people were killed in Kabul due to celebratory firing that erupted in the city as Taliban geared up to form the government. Various news report on Saturday indicated that the gunfire caused loss of lives in the Afghan capital following reports that the Taliban had gained control of Panjshir, the last province in Afghanistan still resisting the militant group.
However, leaders of the anti-Taliban resistance group have denied the reports of Panjshir falling to the Taliban. In a video message, former Vice President of Afghanistan Amrullah Saleh said that his group was still resisting the Taliban, adding that both sides have faced casualties.
According to Afghanistan’s news agency, ‘aerial firing’ in Kabul on Friday killed 17 people and injured another 41. It remains unclear if the firing was being done to celebrate the reports of the fall of Panjshir, because the reports to this effect were denied by opposition leaders. According to a journalist, the celebratory gunfire in Kabul was done because the Taliban had finalised their new government.
Taliban’s celebratory gunfire in #Kabul is not because of the fall of Panjshir (rumors are false), but because Taliban have finalized their new government (likely to be announced tomorrow). https://t.co/lYVd6Frape
— Frud Bezhan فرود بيژن (@FrudBezhan) September 3, 2021