Taliban violently disperse protest in eastern Afghanistan, video says

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One person was killed and six others were reportedly injured on Wednesday as videos show Taliban violently breaking up a protest in the east of the country Afghanistan.

Images obtained by Fox News show a crowd on the streets of Jalalabad unfurling a large Afghan flag amid cheers.

Gunshots ring out as the crowd continues to wave the flag up and down, before video taken later shows people fleeing from the scene as more constant gunfire is heard .

Video shows the Taliban breaking up a protest in Jalalabad on Wednesday.
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Video shows the Taliban breaking up a protest in Jalalabad on Wednesday.
(Fox News)

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A local health official told The Associated Press that at least one person was killed and six others injured. The official was not allowed to speak to the media and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Babrak Amirzada, a reporter for a local news agency, also told the AP that he and a television cameraman from another agency were beaten by the Taliban as they tried to cover the unrest.

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People had gathered in Jalalabad to hoist the national flag a day before Afghanistan’s Independence Day, which commemorates the end of British rule in 1919.

They had lowered the Taliban flag – a white banner with an Islamic inscription – which militants hoisted in areas they captured.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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