Stacks of US dollars and gold bars were recovered from the residence of former Afghan vice president Amrullah Saleh in a raid, the Taliban have claimed.
Ahmadullah Muttaqi, chief of the Taliban’s multimedia branch, shared a video of the alleged raid on Twitter. In the video, Taliban fighters can be seen sitting around two suitcases stuffed with foreign currency and gold bars. The video, which went viral on social media, show the Taliban fighters counting the stacks of cash.
Muttaqi claimed that a total of six and a half million US dollars, along with 18 gold bars, were recovered from Saleh’s residence.
Last week, Saleh’s brother Rohullah Azizi was executed by the Taliban, his nephew had claimed.
The news of the killing of Saleh’s brother came days after Taliban forces took control of the provincial centre of Panjshir, the last stronghold of resistance.
“They executed my uncle,” Ebadullah Saleh told Reuters in a text message. “They killed him yesterday and would not let us bury him. They kept saying his body should rot.”
Saleh, a former head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the intelligence service of the Western-backed government that collapsed last month, is at large though his exact location remains unclear.