Taliban claims it now controls whole of Afghanistan ‘after taking Panjshir province’
The Taliban claims it now has full control of the whole of Afghanistan after completing the take over of Panjshir province, the last area being held by resistance forces.
Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the area had been “completely conquered” and a “number of people” were killed, while the “rest fled.”
But opposition group the National Resistance Front (NRF) said the claims were false.
It added: “The NRF forces are present in all strategic positions across the valley to continue the fight.
“We assure the people of Afghanistan that the struggle against the Taliban and their partners will continue until justice and freedoms prevail.”
The head of foreign relations for the NRF said the group’s leader Ahmad Massoud was “safe and will be giving a message soon.”
The Taliban spokesman claimed there had been no civilian deaths in the takeover of Panjshir.
Eyewitnesses say thousands of Taliban fighters overran eight districts in the province overnight.
The deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural commission, Ahmadullah Wasiq, said it had “taken control of the most important areas in Panjshir” and was carrying out “operations in a manner that local people are not harmed”.
“We are performing operations in a tactical manner to force the resistance movement to vacate the area,” he said.
“As per our information, Panjshir will come under Islamic Emirate very soon.
“The resistance movement is trying to provide hope to the very few people and encourage them to fight through such claims against us, aiming for their financial gains and to hold on to their power.”
The group also said electricity and internet would resume in the province from Monday and that efforts to restart international flights from Kabul would begin.
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