The Taliban claim that Kabul “is under control” after the conquest of the city

The Taliban spokesman, Zabihulá Mujahid, assured this Monday that the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul, “is under control”, after the conquest of the city on Sunday.

Through a message posted on his Twitter account, the insurgent spokesman has also announced the arrest of people “involved” in violent activities registered in Kabul.

“No one is allowed to enter the homes of former officials, ask for their cars and threaten them,” he added, before warning that this type of behavior will be evaluated “seriously.”

The insurgents managed to take over the country in less than two weeks and, in their final assault on Kabul, struggled to launch messages against the violence. Thus, when they officially confirmed the entry into the Afghan capital, they said they were doing it to guarantee security and avoid a power vacuum.

The group has also offered in recent days theoretical security guarantees for those who could be its victims, proposing an amnesty for people who could have helped the Ashraf Ghani Executive or countries with troops deployed in Afghanistan. Likewise, he has ensured that he will not attack diplomatic targets, in the midst of a rout of official delegations.

On the other hand, the leader of the Afghan delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Eloi Fillion, has pointed out that “currently” there are no clashes in Kabul and that, if any, the suffering of the civilian population it would be “huge”.

However, he has highlighted the humanitarian needs derived from the clashes in cities such as Kandahar or Herat. “Thousands of people have been injured and houses, hospitals and infrastructure have been damaged or destroyed,” he added, before showing the ICRC’s “commitment” to provide support in this regard.

In this sense, he has guaranteed that the ICRC will not reduce its presence in Afghanistan and has stressed that it has been working in the country for 30 years, something “that will not change now.”


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