Taliban soldiers having fun at amusement park

Hundreds of Taliban soldiers enjoy a rare day off at an amusement park, after weeks of security duty since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan.

“I felt extremely excited when I arrived in Kabul and visited Lake Qargha for the first time. Everyone welcomed me and my friends in a brotherly atmosphere,” said Halimi, a 24-year-old member from Maidan Wardak province of Taliban, said.

The holiday was held on October 8 at an amusement park by Lake Qargha, a popular sightseeing spot in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Hundreds of Taliban soldiers enjoyed tea, bought snacks from the stalls dotted by the lake, while still carrying weapons.

A group of Taliban soldiers at an amusement park by Lake Qargha in Kabul, Afghanistan, on October 9.  Photo: Reuters.

A group of Taliban soldiers at an amusement park by Lake Qargha in Kabul, Afghanistan, on October 9. Photo: Reuters.

Some people line up to play games in the park, like pirate ships and flying chairs. Behind Halimi, 25-year-old Ziaul Haq, also from Maidan Wardak province, smiles as he prepares to board the merry-go-round.

Most Taliban soldiers had never been to Kabul, until the force took control of the capital on August 15. Some are eager to visit the amusement park before returning to duty around the country.

“We’re proud to have fought. The American departure is the most gratifying thing we’ve ever experienced,” Halimi said, adding that he met a cousin at the park and went on a picnic to celebrate the return of the Taliban.

Taliban members are now tasked with ensuring security across the country, as the situation has become increasingly worrying following at least three attacks on religious sites last week, including bombings. mosque in Kunduz, northeastern Afghanistan, killing more than 50 people. Islamic State Khorasan (IS-K), the Afghan branch of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), claimed responsibility.

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