Life inside hellhole Kabul as undercover Taliban shoot anyone trying to flee
Taliban soldiers are wandering the streets in nondescript clothing 'shooting people who want to get to the airport' and flee the newly captured city of Kabul, where thousands are currently fearing for their lives in hiding.
An English teacher stuck in the Afghan capital has spoken exclusively to Daily Star about the "grim" and "hopeless" situation him and many other find themselves in.
The passionate teacher was working with his usual class on Sunday when they got the word Taliban were approaching and had to run for safety.
"I saw the fear and disappointment in the eyes of my students as we took our last photos together," he said.
"I was trying to calm them and tell them to smile in the pictures.
"With how fast it all happened it must have been a real shock to them."
He added: "We couldn’t believe that within a week the whole of Afghanistan was captured by the Taliban riding motorcycles and trucks. Where is the army? Where is the police force?"
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The Afghanistan-born teacher, who is now in hiding, said: "People are fearing for their lives. Including me, I haven’t left my room. We are all just trying to follow the news and see what happens next.
"I don't want to go outside. It's not safe out there. Gangs and Taliban together are armed.
"Taliban don't have a formal sign to be distinguished. Just some nomads in local clothes carrying weapons.
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"They are shooting people who want to get to the airport."
As Taliban forces continued their march into the capital yesterday, hundreds of terrified residents fled to evacuation points in the hopes of making it out of the country.
"The Taliban have set up checkpoints on every corner. Nobody can get out," the teacher said.
"All flights are suspended and the airport is closed."
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Many civilians haven't braved going outside and remain confined in their houses and bedrooms, following news updates for any glimmer of hope of making it out safely.
The scared teacher says that women and minorities are under the most threat – and he's worried about what comes next.
"I don’t even have too much fear for now actually, I have fear for after the Taliban have the power and consolidate that power," he said.
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"Then they will search and go after people who they think will be a potential threat to their administration and authority."
As well as a teacher and former journalist, the anonymous man also 'fought hard for women and minorities' in Afghanistan.
"This is very hard for me as I worked for my people, for five years I have been in touch with boys and girls, my students," he emotionally told us.
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"There are rumours, maybe they're true, that the Taliban are forcing girls to marry them. They ask for the eldest to prepare a list of all of the girls under twelve and give them to their soldiers."
Earlier today, Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen called a BBC News presenter live on air in an attempt to quell international fears about their invasion of Afghanistan.
Mr Shaheen said those living in Kabul and Afghanistan should not fear Taliban rule as they “want a peaceful transfer of power”
“Secondly, people will be able to resume their normal [lives],” he continued.
“Thirdly, there is no revenge on all those who are working with the Kabul administration or with the foreign forces.
“We want all embassies to continue their work, there will be no risk to diplomats or to anyone."
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