Taliban shoot at Afghans celebrating independence day, videos say

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Chaos erupts across Afghanistan on Thursday as Taliban fighters were filmed opening fire on crowds waving Afghan flags and celebrating the country’s Independence Day.

In one of the protests in the eastern city of Asadabad, several people were killed, according to reports.

A witness told Reuters that “hundreds of people” took to the streets, but several died after the Taliban began shooting at the crowd, triggering a stampede. However, it was not immediately clear which event caused the deaths.

The Afghan flag is seen in the eastern city of Asadabad on Thursday during a protest marking the country's Independence Day.
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The Afghan flag is seen in the eastern city of Asadabad on Thursday during a protest marking the country’s Independence Day.
(Fox News / Haroon Janjua)

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Images of the area obtained by Fox News show cyclists and a car racing through the streets of Asadabad while carrying the Afghanistan tricolor. In the background, gunshots could be heard.

Flag-waving protesters were also filmed marching in Kabul.

Protesters march through Kabul on Thursday, waving the Afghan flag.

Protesters march through Kabul on Thursday, waving the Afghan flag.
(Fox News / Haroon Janjua)

In another video obtained by Fox News, crowds of men and women can be heard chanting slogans while holding Afghan flags.

Elsewhere in Kabul, footage showed a crowd taking cover near Kabul airport as gunmen opened fire.

In the video, a woman and her child were seen squatting as persistent gunfire rang out, causing people to disperse.

People take shelter near Kabul airport as shots are fired on Thursday.

People take shelter near Kabul airport as shots are fired on Thursday.
(Fox News / Haroon Janjua)

It was not immediately clear what had triggered this scene.

There were also reports of white Taliban flags demolished by Afghans, according to Reuters.

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“Hello to those who carry the national flag and thus defend the dignity of the nation and the country,” First Vice President Amrullah Saleh wrote on Twitter.

August 19, Afghanistan’s Independence Day, celebrates a 1919 treaty that ended British rule in that country.

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