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Afghan conflict: Several killed amid Taliban firing and stampede during Independence Day rally in Asadabad

Witness Mohammed Salim from the eastern city, the capital of Kunar province said, it was not clear if the casualties came from the firing or from a stampede it triggered.

Afghan conflict: Several killed amid Taliban firing and stampede during Independence Day rally in Asadabad-dnm
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Asadabad, First Published Aug 19, 2021, 3:43 PM IST
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Several people were killed amid firing by Taliban and stampede during an Independence Day rally when people were hoisting the national flag, a witness stated.

Witness Mohammed Salim from the eastern city, the capital of Kunar province said, it was not clear if the casualties came from the firing or from a stampede it triggered.

It was unclear if the casualties in Asadabad were a result of firing or from a stampede. "Hundreds of people came out on the streets," Salim said.

"At first, I was scared and didn't want to go but when I saw one of my neighbours joined in, I took out the flag I have at home. Several people were killed and injured in the stampede and firing by the Taliban."

The incident comes after the Taliban declared Independence Day on Thursday and stated its victory over "the arrogant of power of the world".

Taliban fighters on Wednesday fired at protesters waving the Afghanistan national flag in Jalalabad, killing three and wounding about a dozen others, witnesses and media reported.

According to reports, the Taliban stated that the next government will decide on the national flag.

Also read: 'Leaving Afghanistan without turmoil was unthinkable,' says US president Joe Biden

Meanwhile, Al-Qaeda in Yemen on Wednesday congratulated the Taliban on their Afghanistan takeover and vowed to continue its own military campaigns.

In a video released, former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday backed his decision to flee Kabul as the Taliban gained control, describing it as the only way to prevent bloodshed. He also denied claims by the Russian agency that stated he fled with four cars and a helicopter full of cash and his country’s ambassador to Tajikistan that he had stolen millions of dollars from state funds. Ghani posted a video on his Facebook page late on Wednesday and confirmed that he was in the United Arab Emirates under ‘humanitarian grounds’.

The situation in Afghanistan is really grim as thousands still continue to flee from the clutches of the Taliban, while Afghans have taken to streets in protest against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan rule.

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