Afghan Taliban bans aerial firing after 17 killed in Kabul shootings

KABUL: The Taliban on Saturday banned aerial gun firing after 17 people were reportedly killed and 41 injured, including children due to the Taliban’s celebrations on Friday night.

According to the chief of Multimedia Branch of Taliban’s Cultural Commission Ahmadullah Muttaqi, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, military chief of Taliban, have instructed all provincial governors and police chiefs to strictly control and avoid aerial firing.

“You’re instructed to strictly avoid aerial firing. From this time on, there should be no aerial firing under any circumstances. If it happens in your province, you will be held responsible for it,” Muttaqi said.

Meanwhile, eyewitnesses told the media that the shooting occurred in several provinces. Residents of the Afghan capital feared that it was another outbreak of fighting, but the Islamist movement claimed they were shooting to celebrate the capture of defiant Panjshir province — something denied by the resistance forces. The group’s leadership, however, called on the militants to stop firing in light of growing concerns among Afghans.

Earlier, it was reported that at least 17 people were killed and 41 injured, including children, in and around Kabul due to the Taliban’s celebratory aerial gunfire on Friday night.

Raja Furqan Ahmed

Raja Furqan Ahmed is the News Editor of The Pakistan Daily.

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