Armed Taliban entered the compound of Afghanistan’s Tolo News in Kabul on Monday and collected government-issued weapons before leaving with the ‘assurance’ of keeping the premises ‘safe’, the television network posted on its official Twitter handle.
The incident took place hours after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan’s presidential palace following President Ashraf Ghani’s escape to a central Asian country.
The Taliban fighters had on Sunday surrounded the capital Kabul and were waiting to take over the country.
Stranded Afghan nationals arrive to return back to Afghanistan at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing point in Chaman.
Taliban forces stand guard inside Kabul, Afghanistan.
An estimated 14 million people in the war-torn nation are barely able to meet their daily minimum food needs.
A girl reacts while receiving a dose of Chinas Sinovac Biotech vaccine for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Meanwhile, thousands of Afghans were seen gathering at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, the only exit points out of the country not in control of the Taliban yet, in a last-ditch effort to leave the war-torn nation, even as the administration shut the civilian airspace over Afghanistan.
In the ensuing chaos, at least five people died at the airport earlier in the day, news agency Reuters reported citing eyewitnesses who said US troops stationed there fired gun shots into the air to prevent frantic locals from boarding a civilian aircraft.