Dozens of people suffered injuries.
4. Sep 2021 at 13:25 ČTK
CABLE. At least 17 people died in Kabul during a celebratory shooting when Taliban fighters announced the alleged conquest of Punjir Province, where its opponents were fortified.
They claim that the province has not fallen and that there is still fighting for its dominance, the Reuters agency wrote. According to the Qatari ambassador to Afghanistan, the airport was reopened in Kabul, according to Al Jazeera station.
The celebrations also hurt in Nangarhara
Taliban fighters announced control of the northern Afghan valley of Punjir at the foot of the Hindu Kush massif on Friday night.
Supporters of the radical Islamic movement subsequently “shot into the air” in the capital to celebrate, said the Afghan station Shamshad, which reported 17 dead and 41 injured. Similar numbers of victims are reported by Tolo station.
Another 14 people were injured in a celebratory shooting in Nangarhar province east of Kabul, a hospital spokesman told the Jalalabad administration.
Taliban chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid commented on the shooting on Twitter. “Avoid shooting into the air and instead thank Allah. Projectiles can hurt civilians, so do not shoot unless necessary,” he wrote.
The airport can already receive humanitarian aid
The Qatari ambassador to Afghanistan said technicians, with the help of Afghan authorities, had succeeded in re-operating Kabul airport, which could now receive humanitarian aid. According to him, it will soon be ready for commercial flights.
More than 120,000 foreigners and their Afghan associates were evacuated from the airport in the second half of August, who decided to leave the country after the Taliban took control of virtually the entire country, including the metropolis.
The civilian part of the international airport was closed and evacuations took place from the military part of the airport, which was guarded by American soldiers. They withdrew from Afghanistan on August 31.