Taliban soldiers at a checkpoint outside Hamid Karzai airport in Kabul on September 2 – Photo: REUTERS
According to Radio Al Jazeera, a series of gunshots rang out across Kabul at about 9 pm on September 3 (local time). Bright red bullets tore through the night along with the explosion that made the scene look like a fireworks display.
This particular fireworks display created a rain of bullets that left 17 dead and 47 injured at a special emergency hospital in Kabul alone. In Nangarhar, another province near Kabul, at least 14 people were also injured by “straight arrows”.
Clips of the incident have been shared on social media, with many claiming that the Taliban were opening fire to celebrate.
Some linked earlier reports that the Taliban claimed to have taken control of the Panjshir valley, the last stronghold of the opposition. Therefore, shooting the gun into the sky may be to celebrate this “treason”.
Taliban opened fire in the sky to celebrate the evening of September 3 – Source: TWITTER AL JAZEERA
This is not the first time the Taliban have celebrated this way. On August 31, when the last American soldier left Afghanistan, a series of gunshots rang out in the capital Kabul.
The Taliban at that time quickly explained and denied there was fighting and terrorism in Kabul in the last hours of the US presence in Afghanistan.
The Taliban has not yet explained the shootings on the evening of September 3. However, the force’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, criticized the soldiers’ actions.
“Don’t shoot into the sky, but thank Allah. Bullets can harm civilians, so don’t shoot in the air arbitrarily,” Mr. Mujahid urged on Twitter.
Iran returns thousands of military vehicles to the Taliban
According to Amwaj Media, a Middle Eastern news agency, the Tehran government has paid “almost all” of the military facilities of the former Afghan government to the Taliban. These vehicles are mainly US-made mine-resistant vehicles, which were used by Afghan soldiers to flee when the Taliban took control of Kabul.
Earlier, some images circulating on social media showed military convoys moving on the road connecting Tehran and Afghanistan, sparking speculation that the Taliban had transferred US weapons to Iran.
According to Amwaj Media, about 2,000 military vehicles, dozens of attack helicopters and drones fell into the hands of the Taliban after the US withdrawal.