Massoud denied and rubbished Rumours of Panjshir valley Takeover, said it’ll be his last day if that happens.
News of Panjshir being won over by the Taliban, circulating on Pakistani media is a lie, said Ahmad Massoud, the son of renowned fighter Afghan Ahmad Shah Massoud who is holding the Valley.
He said that it would be last day when the province would be conquered by Taliban. The militant group has been battling to finish off the last trace of resistance in the Panjshir Valley, which held out for a decade against the Soviet Union’s occupation and also the Taliban’s first rule from 1996-2001.
Late Friday, celebratory gunshots rang out across Kabul as news spread that the valley had fallen. Fighters from the National Resistance Front ,made up of anti-Taliban fighters, and former Afghan security forces, are speculated to have heavy machinery and warfare stockpiles in the valley, which lies around 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of Kabul.
Pro-Taliban Twitter accounts published video clips showing that the Taliban fighters had captured tanks and other heavy military equipment inside the valley.
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