Taliban executes brother of former vice president of Afghanistan

The Taliban executed Rohullah Saleh, brother of Amrullah Saleh, the former vice president of Afghanistan and one of the resistance leaders in the Panjshir valley.

“They executed my uncle,” said Ebadullah Saleh, the grandson of Rohullah Saleh, on September 10. “They executed him yesterday and didn’t let us bury him. They kept saying that the body should be left to rot.”

Rohullah Saleh, brother of former vice president of Afghanistan Amrullah Saleh.  Photo: Twitter/Amar Ujala.

Rohullah Saleh, brother of former vice president of Afghanistan Amrullah Saleh. Photo: Twitter/Amar Ujala.

The news of Rohullah Saleh’s execution came days after the Taliban took control of Panjshir province, the last stronghold of resistance against the group. The Urdu language account of the Taliban information service Alemarah said that “according to the available information” Rohullah Saleh was killed in the fighting in Panjshir.

Former Vice President Amrullah Saleh served as head of the National Security Service, the intelligence agency of the former Afghan government. His whereabouts are unknown. A source in Kabul earlier this month said Amrullah Saleh had left the Panjshir valley for Tajikistan, but he denied this.

The Afghan National Resistance Front (NRF), which includes anti-Taliban militias and Afghan army veterans loyal to local leader Ahmad Massoud, pledged to continue fighting the Taliban even after its capital Bazarak. Panjshir fell.

The Panjshir valley with its surrounding mountains was famous as a stronghold of resistance against the Taliban in the late 1990s. The NRF established a base in the Panjshir valley a few days after the Taliban took control of Kabul, believing it could take control. keep the valley never occupied by the Taliban.

Huyen Le (Follow Reuters)

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