Violence during Afghan independence day celebration

At least two people have been killed after Taliban opened fire at a crowd celebrating independence day in the Afghan city of Asadabad, witnesses have told Al Jazeera.

Meanwhile in Jalalabad, the Taliban fighters fired at people waving the Afghan national flag during the independence day commemoration injuring a man and a teenage boy.

Al Jazeera’s Charlotte Bellis, reporting from Kabul, said: “There were some isolated protests linked to the flag in Kabul as well with people, including women, walking down the streets past Taliban fighters waving the old flag under their republic and saying ‘our flag is our identity’“.

Meanwhile, the evacuations are continuing from Kabul’s airport.

US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he will keep troops in Afghanistan until every American is evacuated, even if that means going beyond his August 31 deadline.

source: aljazeera

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