International Desk: On Saturday, Taliban fighters violently suppressed a women’s protest in Kabul. At the same time, 70 miles to the north, ex-Afghan army and militia members battled the Islamist group in Panjshir province.
In a telephone interview, a 24-year-old participant said that the Taliban attempted to rout the gathering of about 100 women using tear gas, rifle butts and metal clubs or tools.
She received five stitches to close a head wound after she was knocked unconscious by a blow from one of the metal objects.
The woman added, “When I tried to resist and continue the march, one of the armed Taliban pushed me and hit me with a sharp metal device.”
“They pushed everybody away and forced us to leave while chasing us with their spray, weapons and metal devices,” said Nargis. “The Taliban kept cursing and using abusive language.”
An Italian aid group said on Twitter that the Taliban had reached the village of Anabah, inside Panjshir province.
In a video by the BBC, another of the rebels’ leaders, a former vice president, Amrullah Saleh, acknowledged that his forces were under assault but vowed that they would not surrender.
“The situation is difficult. We have been under invasion by the Taliban,” one of the witnesses told the BBC.
We have held ground. We have resisted. The resistance is not going to surrender, and it is not going to bow to terrorism. ”