The Taliban urged Afghan preachers to pay attention to the importance of following the rulers in their sermons during Friday prayers, Reuters quoted a statement from the Islamic fundamentalist group as saying. This information comes after suicide bombings outside Kabul’s international airport on Thursday, in which at least 95 people were killed.
Last week, the Taliban asked Afghan imams during the first Friday prayers to try to counter negative reports about the group and also urged people not to try to flee the country.
The Taliban said the imams should “encourage our countrymen to work for the country’s development, not ask them to leave the country.” At the same time they must respond to “negative propaganda from the enemy”.
At least 95 Afghan civilians were killed in Thursday’s suicide bombings, the Associated Press (AP) quoted an official as saying on condition of anonymity. This officer was not authorized to speak to the media.
The AP reported that the official said the actual death toll was even higher, as other people were involved in the exhumation. Afghan and US officials have previously said at least 60 Afghan and 13 American soldiers were killed in the bombings.
Thousands of people have been trying to flee since the radical Islamist group captured Kabul on August 15, as the suicide attacks took place.
Meanwhile, Turkey said it had held its first talks with the Taliban in Kabul and was still assessing the Islamist group’s offer to run the Afghan capital’s airport.
“We have had our first talks with the Taliban, which lasted 3.5 hours. If necessary, we will have the opportunity to have such talks again,” Erdogan told the media on Friday.