Taliban claim seizing $6 million, gold bricks from Amrullah Saleh’s residence

Monitoring Report

KABUL: In a now-viral video, the Taliban have claimed that they have seized up to six million dollars and about 15 bricks of gold from the residence of former Afghan vice-president Amrullah Saleh, reported The Khaama Press News Agency on Monday.

However, no comments have been received from Amrullah Saleh in this regard.

Taliban take control of Panjshir

Earlier, the Taliban swept to power last month and they said they had captured the Panjshir valley, the last holdout province, though the resistance has not conceded defeat.

The capture of Panjshir was a significant achievement for the Taliban, who had never been able to hold the valley.

The group posted photos of its fighters standing in front of the provincial governor’s compound; much of the province is composed of smaller, remote mountain valleys that provide areas for opposition forces to regroup.

Amrullah Saleh

still in Afghanistan

Last week, the ousted Afghan government’s ambassador to Tajikistan had said Panjshiri leader Ahmad Shah Massoud and Amrullah Saleh had not fled Afghanistan and their resistance forces are still fighting the Taliban.

Zahir Aghbar, envoy to Dushanbe under the government of ousted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, told a news conference in Tajikistan’s capital that he was in regular contact with Saleh and that the resistance leaders were out of general communication for security reasons.