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Civilians flee fighting in Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley

KABUL: Scores of civilians have fled fighting in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley after an insurgent group launched an...
Updated 14 May, 2022

KABUL: Scores of civilians have fled fighting in Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley after an insurgent group launched an offensive against Taliban forces, residents said Saturday.

The Panjshir Valley is famed for being a site of resistance by Afghans against Soviet forces in the 1980s and as a base for rebels opposed to Taliban rule during the Talibans' first stint in power in the late 1990s.

The National Resistance Front (NRF) were the last to hold out against the Taliban's takeover of the country last year by retreating to the valley.

Headed by the son of late anti-Taliban commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, NRF forces last week announced an offensive against the Taliban -- their first since the Taliban seized power in August.

Both sides claim to have killed dozens of each other's fighters in recent days.

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"We could only pick up one or two items of clothing," Lutfullah Bari told AFP, saying he fled with dozens of families.

"Like us... (the families) are now living with their relatives in different areas of Kabul," he added.

Farid Ahmad, a father-of-10, said he left his district with several other people because of fighting.

Another civilian, Aimal Rahimi, said people "are afraid and escaping to save their lives".

Taliban commanders in Panjshir however told AFP the fighting had stopped.

"They (NRF fighters) have escaped to the mountains," said Abdul Hamid Khurasani, head of the Taliban's elite Badri unit in Panjshir.

"The situation is now normal and peaceful."

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The NRF said their offensive would continue across 12 provinces where their forces had a presence, mostly in the north of Afghanistan.

Massoud, the group's most revered figure and known as the "Lion of Panjshir", was assassinated in 2001 by Al-Qaeda, two days before the September 11 attacks in the United States.

His son, Ahmad Massoud, has since picked up the mantle against Taliban forces, denouncing the Taliban regime as "illegitimate".

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