Afghanistan’s Ghani claims he resigned to prevent Taliban slaughter in Kabul as BLASTS reported at palace & abandoned US embassy
Multiple explosions have been reported in Kabul’s key locations, including the presidential palace and US embassy. President Ashraf Ghani, who fled the country, has broken his silence, stating that he’d quit to prevent bloodshed.
The blasts shook Afghanistan’s capital late on Sunday. The explosions reportedly occurred at several locations, including the US embassy, which had been evacuated earlier in the day. Another explosion occurred near the presidential palace, which had already been overtaken by Taliban militants.Also on rt.com Taliban enter presidential palace in Kabul after Afghan president leaves country, say NO transitional government on the table
“Two explosions occurred near the US embassy and the presidential palace in Kabul. Pillars of smoke are rising,” eyewitnesses told the Sputnik news agency, adding that the blasts had been followed by gunfire.
Meanwhile, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who fled the country earlier in the day, broke his silence, taking to Facebook to explain his decision to quit. He said he chose to resign in order to prevent the Taliban “massacring” civilians in Kabul, and accused the group of planning an all-out assault on the city.
Former Afghan President Ghani's first comments. Says "resigned to prevent bloodshed as Taliban planned to attack Kabul". pic.twitter.com/rTFArtguuF— Sidhant Sibal (@sidhant) August 15, 2021
Earlier on Sunday, the militant group said it had halted its offensive and called for negotiations, insisting it wanted to avoid a battle for the capital and the subsequent loss of civilian lives, and was instead seeking a “peaceful and satisfactory transfer of power.”Also on rt.com US Embassy warns Americans in Kabul to take shelter, says airport reportedly UNDER FIRE amid hasty evacuation of western missions
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