Taliban ‘cuts off communications’ and ‘sends hundreds of fighters’ to Afghan province to battle resistance forces holding out against the militants
The Taliban has cut off the communications network to the Panjshir Province north of the capital where resistance fighters have gathered.
Several thousand anti-Taliban fighters, from local militias as well as remnants of army and special forces units, have gathered in the valley under the command of regional leader Ahmad Massoud.
But Panjshir residents say communication has now been cut and that the lack of phone and internet networks is causing serious challenges, TOLO News reported.
It comes a week after it the Taliban said they were preparing to send hundreds of fighters to the region which is known as the anti-Taliban bastion.
The Taliban has reportedly cut off the communications network to the Panjshir Province. Pictured: Members of resistance movement gather in Khenj District in Panjshir province today
Resistance fighters train with rifles as they prepare for the possible arrival of Taliban forces
THE PANJSHIR VALLEY: The valley lies around 100 miles north of the capital Kabul, overlooked by the Hindu Kush mountains and with narrow approaches ideally suited for ambushes
Gul Haidar, a resident there, told TOLO News: ‘They have cut off telecommunication services in Panjshir for the last two days.
‘Panjshir people are facing challenges in this regard and cannot get in touch with their relatives living in other parts of the country.’
Others living in Kabul who had friends and family in the region said that they had not been able to get in touch.
Reports suggest the Taliban have closed roads and cut off food supply to the area causing prices to skyrocket.
The two sides are said to want to resolve the situation peacefully but the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that talks were not going well.
It is not known if the cutting of communication is a sign that the Taliban intends to lay siege to the area.
Ahmad Massoud (left), son of ‘the Lion of the Panjshir’ (right), is the leader of Northern Alliance
Groups of fighters walk through the mountains and train in the Panjshir province , with Mr Massoud, saying that no Taliban fighter will pass through the narrow gorge into the valley
Ahmad Massoud, son of late military commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, leads the resistance against the Taliban in Panjshir.
Yesterday, it was revealed the resistance forces vowed to continue in their fight against the Taliban as they were pictured training in the Panjshir Valley.
Hundreds of fighters, who have never surrendered to the new rulers of Kabul, were seen wading through water with logs of wood over their back while others trained with their rifles as they prepared for the possible arrival of Taliban forces.
Elsewhere, others resistance members, dressed in military gear and carrying weapons, were spotted marching through the deserted streets of the mountain enclave.
The anti-Taliban uprising forces, known as the Northern Alliance, have vowed to fight on to the last and defend the 170,000 residents, most of them Tajiks, who live in the Panjshir valley, which lies in the Hindu Kush mountains north of the Afghan capital.