Thousands of Taliban fighters entered eight districts of the Panjshir province overnight, according to witnesses from the area. They spoke on condition of anonymity fearing for their safety.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid issued a statement on Monday, saying Panjshir was now under the control of the Taliban fighters.
The rebels, calling themselves the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan, had been led by the former vice president and the son of the iconic anti-Taliban fighter Ahmad Shah Massoud who was killed just days before the September 11 attacks in the United States.
They have denied the Taliban’s claims, tweeting: ‘The NRF forces are present in all strategic positions across the valley to continue the fight. We assure the ppl of Afghanistan that the struggle against the Taliban & their partners will continue until justice & freedom prevails.”
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