Saturday September 25, 2021

Over $6 million, gold bricks seized from Amrullah Saleh’s residence: Taliban

Taliban in a viral video claim to have seized 15 gold bricks, in addition to the dollar bills, from the residence of ex-Afghan vice-president
Web Desk
September 13, 2021
Saleh is rumoured to have fled to Tajikistan, however, Afghan ambassador to Tajikistan says he is still in Afghanistan. File photo
Saleh is rumoured to have fled to Tajikistan, however, Afghan ambassador to Tajikistan says he is 'still in Afghanistan. File photo

The Taliban have claimed to have seized US dollar bills worth over six million, gold bricks and mobile phones from the house of former Afghanistan vice-president Amrullah Saleh, reported The Khaama Press News Agency on Monday.

A video shared by the publication  shows that the Taliban fighters present inside Saleh’s house are inspecting the money and other valuables found in there.

After the siege of Kabul by the Taliban last month, Saleh had fled to Panjshir valley to ally with the National Resistance Force against the Taliban.

However, after Panjshir fell last week, Saleh is rumoured to have fled to Tajikistan.

The capture of Panjshir was a significant achievement for the Taliban, who had never been able to hold the valley,  though the resistance has not conceded defeat.

Saleh 'has not fled  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.

"I am in constant contact with Amrullah Saleh, who is currently in Panjshir and running the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan's government," he had said.