The Taliban has reportedly stormed a rally and opened fire on a crowd of protesters in the city of Jalalabad in Afghanistan.
Videos shared on social media showed a group of people waving the flag of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in a crowded street, days after the Taliban toppled the government and regained power in the country.
The sight apparently prompted Taliban members to open fire at the crowd, causing people to run for cover.
It wasn’t immediately clear if anyone had been killed or injured. Najeeb Nangyal, a former spokesperson for Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior Affairs, tweeted that casualties had been reported.
“Protestors in Jalalabad city want the national flag back on offices & rejects Taliban terrorists’ flag. Taliban openly fires at protestors. Reports of casualties,” Nangyal wrote alongside a 45-second clip of the protest.
He later shared another clip where the sounds of multiple gunshots can be heard. Nangyal has been contacted for additional comment.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.