Taliban celebrate with gunfire in Kabul

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Celebratory gunfire erupted in Kabul Friday as rumors circulated that the Taliban had captured the Panjshir Valley, a last holdout against the Taliban sweep.The Panjshir Valley was being defended by former vice president Amrullah Saleh and Ahmad Massoud, the British educated son of Ahmad Shah Massoud, who was killed in a suicide bombing two days before the 9/11 attacks in America.Afghanistan's popular TOLO TV carried a message from Saleh who said the fighting had been intense and that fighters on both sides had died.Saleh said he was still in the Panjshir Valley and added that he would stay to defend it.The staccato of gunfire throughout the capital lasting nearly 15 minutes prompted the Taliban's spokesman and head of its cultural and information commission Zabihullah Mujahid to warn his rank and file against wasting their ammunition.

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