At least three killed by Taliban in protests

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At least three killed by Taliban in protests
At least three people were killed in protests against the Taliban in Jalalabad, Afghanistan on Wednesday.
By REUTERS
AUGUST 18, 2021

At least three people were killed in anti-Taliban protests in the Afghan city of Jalalabad on Wednesday, witnesses said, as the militant group moved to set up a government and Western countries stepped up evacuations of diplomats and civilians. There were also more than a dozen people injured after Taliban militants opened fire on protesters in the eastern city, two witnesses and a former police official told Reuters.

The deaths mark the Taliban's efforts to consolidate Islamist rule and their promises of peace following their sweep into Kabul. They have said they will not take revenge against old enemies and will respect the rights of women within the framework of Islamic law. The witnesses said the deaths took place when local residents tried to install Afghanistan's national flag at a square in Jalalabad, some 150 km (90 miles) from the capital on the main road to Pakistan. Taliban spokesmen were not immediately reachable for comment.

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Targeted killings, abuse of women reported after Taliban takeover – UN officials
UN envoy says Kabul residents ‘living in absolute fear,’ reporting door-to-door searches, lootings; at airport, 640 passengers cram into US Air Force cargo plane
By AP and TOI staff
17 August 2021

The United Nations chief said Monday that reports coming in from Afghanistan told of abuses against women by the Taliban, while Kabul’s ambassador to the world body said residents have been reporting targeted killings, door-to-door searches and lootings, a day after the Islamist group completed its stunning military takeover of the country. During a Security Council meeting on the major crisis, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an immediate end to violence and urged the international community to unite to ensure that the human rights of all Afghans are respected.

He said he was “particularly concerned by accounts of mounting human rights violations against the women and girls of Afghanistan who fear a return to the darkest days” in the 1990s when the Taliban ruled and imposed draconian measures on women, including barring girls from getting an education. “The world is following events in Afghanistan with a heavy heart and deep disquiet about what lies ahead,” Guterres said, adding that with the country’s future and the hopes and dreams of a generation of young Afghans in the balance, the coming days “will be pivotal.”

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