Kolkata, India: Witnesses reported Taliban militants fired in the air to scatter hundreds of protestors in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital Tuesday, while the video showed scores fleeing volleys of gunfire.
Hundreds of men and women marched through the streets chanting shouts such as “Long live the resistance” and “Death to Pakistan” in protest of the Taliban takeover.
Pakistan, which has close ties to the Taliban and has been accused of supporting the Islamist group’s return to power, denies the allegations as per Reuters report.
In video footage broadcast on Iranian television news, a panicked woman on the street exclaims above gunshots, “The Islamic regime is shooting at our impoverished people.”
However, there were no immediate reports of injuries, Reuters reported.
The Taliban’s swift surge across Afghanistan when US soldiers withdrew last month prompted a rush to flee for fear of retaliation.
About 124,000 foreigners and at-risk Afghans were evacuated by US-led foreign forces, but tens of thousands were left behind.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that the US was in communication with approximately 100 Americans who remained in Afghanistan.
An organizer told Reuters that over 1,000 people, including Americans, have been stranded in Mazar-i-Sharif for days awaiting approval for charter planes to leave, blaming the delay on the US State Department.
Meanwhile, fierce fighting has continued in Panjshir, one of the last holdouts of resistance against the Taliban.
On Sunday, the Taliban claimed it has confiscated the region, which was denied by the leader of the resistance.