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Taliban claim seizing $6 million, gold bars from Amrullah Saleh’s house

Taliban claim they raided Amrullah Saleh's home. (Source: India Today)

KABUL: Taliban claimed to have recovered six million US dollars stashed away at the residence of Amrullah Saleh, the ousted Afghan vice president who became one of the leaders of anti-Taliban opposition forces in the Panjshir Valley.

Taking to Twitter, Ahmadullah Muttaqi, chief of the Taliban’s multimedia branch, posted a video of purported raid on Saleh’s residence, reported The Khaama Press News Agency on Monday.

The video shows Taliban fighters sitting around two suitcases stuffed with foreign currency and gold bars. The Taliban fighters can be seen counting the stacks of cash in the video, which went viral on social media. Muttaqi claimed that a total of six and a half million US dollars, along with 18 gold bars, were recovered from Saleh’s residence.

Last week, Saleh’s brother Rohullah Azizi was executed by Taliban, his nephew had claimed. “They executed my uncle,” Ebadullah Saleh told Reuters in a text message. “They killed him yesterday and would not let us bury him. They kept saying his body should rot.”

The Urdu language account of the Taliban information service Alemarah said that “according to reports” Rohullah Saleh was killed during fighting in Panjshir.

Taliban take control of Panjshir

Earlier, the Taliban swept to power last month and they said they had captured the Panjshir valley, the last holdout province, though the resistance has not conceded defeat.

The capture of Panjshir was a significant achievement for the Taliban, who had never been able to hold the valley.

The group posted photos of its fighters standing in front of the provincial governor’s compound; much of the province is composed of smaller, remote mountain valleys that provide areas for opposition forces to regroup.