Conflicts & War

Taliban give Afghans a week to return guns, other government properties

Kabul, Aug 28 (EFE).- The Taliban Saturday asked Afghan citizens to return, within a week, all the guns, ammunition, vehicles, and other government properties in their possession.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted a warning for these people, including security persons, that those holding government belongings could be prosecuted and punished if they failed to return the goods within the stipulated deadline.

“All those who have weapons, ammunition and other government goods are informed to hand them over to the relevant organs of the Islamic Emirate (as the Taliban call themselves) within a week,” Mujahid said.

He warned that if people fail to hand over the government properties, the violators would “be prosecuted and dealt with legally, if government belongings are found” in their possession.

There have been widespread speculations that some people looted military equipment, including vehicles, weapons, and guns, during the Taliban takeover of Kabul and other provinces.

The Taliban seized power in Kabul on Aug.15. The leaders of the Islamist movement ordered their fighters not to enter homes or take any of the state property until they decided on the matter.

The call for voluntary surrender of weapons and other government properties comes just as the Taliban are expected to announce their new government in Afghanistan before the Aug.31 withdrawal deadline for international troops. EFE

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