Taliban executes 20 civilians in Panjisir Valley, promises ‘no retaliation’


At least 20 civilians have been killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan’s Panjisir Valley, where fighting continues between the Taliban and anti-Taliban insurgents, the BBC reported on the 13th (local time).

The BBC said it had evidence of the killings of civilians, despite the Taliban’s promise of no retaliation.

A video shows a man in military uniform being shot down in the Panjishir Valley surrounded by Taliban fighters. It’s unclear whether the man was a soldier, but civilians often wear military uniforms in Afghanistan, and anyone who has seen the man shot down said he was a civilian.

The BBC said at least 20 people were killed in the Panjishir Valley, and one of the victims was a man named Abdul Sami, a man who runs a store and father of two. Sami said when the Taliban advanced, “I’m just a poor shopkeeper. It has nothing to do with the incident.” He did not evacuate, but was arrested and shot dead on charges of selling SIM cards to insurgents. Eyewitnesses who saw his body said there were signs of torture. The Panjishir Valley is the only place the Taliban has not taken control of after retaking Afghanistan last month, and has long been known as a center of resistance. Surrounded by high mountain peaks, the Panjisir Valley is very difficult to capture. The Taliban said last week they had taken control of the Panjisir Valley when they raised a Taliban flag in the center of the Panjisir Valley, but insurgents say they still occupy the valley. is committed to continuing

The Taliban say life will continue as usual even under the Taliban. But as residents begin to flee, the once crowded markets of Panjshir are being abandoned. There are also warnings about food and medicine shortages.

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