Taliban kill civilians in resistance stronghold

Afgan Taliban

At least 20 civilians have been killed in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley, which has seen fighting between the Taliban and opposition forces. Communications have been cut in the valley, making reporting difficult, but there are evidences of Taliban killings despite promises of restraint.

Footage from a dusty roadside in Panjshir shows a man wearing military gear surrounded by Taliban fighters. Gunfire rings out and he slumps to the ground, in the video a bystander insisted he was a civilian.

Local sources said one of the victims was a shopkeeper and father-of-two called Abdul Sami, the man would not flee when the Taliban advanced.

But he was arrested, accused of selling sim cards to resistance fighters. Days later his body was dumped near his home. Witnesses who saw his body said it showed signs of torture.