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Afghanistan: Taliban summons former officials to hand over weapons and public goods within a week

The Taliban on Saturday summoned all former officials of the deposed Kabul government to deliver in one week all goods and weapons of public service, in a new movement towards the consolidation of the new administration of the Islamists and on the eve of the end of the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan.

The main spokesman for the Taliban, Zabihulla Mujahid transmitted through his Twitter account that “all those who have means, weapons, ammunition and other government property are informed to deliver the aforementioned objects to the relevant organs of the Islamic Emirate ( as the Taliban call themselves) within a week“.

He also urged everyone to surrender within this period so that “there is no need to prosecute or give legal treatment to offenders if they are discovered.”

Although the Taliban seized power on August 15, the leaders of the movement had given the order to their fighters to do not enter the homes of public officials, or take any of the state assets until the leadership decides on the matter.

The truth is that this request was made at a time when fundamentalist leaders are expected to announce the new formation of the government, which the Taliban hope to have ready before the withdrawal of international troops, announced for August 31.

Thus the Islamist movement takes one more step to take full control of the country, while the United States and international allies meet the last hours in the country before the deadline for the total withdrawal of their troops and with it the end of international evacuations.

The United States took control of the military area of ​​the airfield a day after the victory of the Taliban and their rise to power, in an apparent non-aggression pact that has allowed evacuations but is nearing completion.

Taliban sources cited by the EFE agency indicated that their forces have begun to take control of the military area of ​​the airport, which has already been ceded by the Americans.

Taliban special forces “Victorious Force” are taking control of the military part of Kabul airport, said Bilal Karimi, a Taliban spokesman.

“Some parts (of the military airport) were evacuated (by foreign troops) and our forces took control of them,” he said.

The security situation in the Afghan capital is now the biggest concern after the attack by the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) at the Kabul airport, committed by a suicide bomber when a crowd tried to board one of the evacuation flights to flee. of the Taliban regime.

The attack, which turned the streets of Kabul into a carnage, left at least 170 dead and dozens of people injured.

With information from EFE

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