Panjshir: Amrullah Saleh's elder brother, Rohullah, tortured to death by Taliban

WION Web Team
NEW DELHIUpdated: Sep 10, 2021, 08:15 PM IST

President Amrullah Saleh’s brother, Rohullah Saleh. Photograph:(Twitter)

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Rohullah Saleh, brother of former Vice President and now acting President of Afghanistan, Amrullah Saleh, has been reportedly killed in clashes with the Taliban in Panjshir. He was reportedly tortured and shot dead by Taliban militants. He was identified by the Taliban during clashes on Thursday night, reports added.

Rohullah Saleh, the brother of Amrullah Saleh, the current 'acting' President of Afghanistan, was reportedly killed in Panjshir battles with the Taliban. 

According to accounts, he was identified by the Taliban in Panjshir Valley during skirmishes on Thursday night. Taliban fighters tortured and murdered him.

The Taliban claim full control of Afghanistan's Panjshir valley, although supporters of the National Resistance Front (NRF) deny this, claiming that NRF fighters will continue to maintain critical areas in the province.

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According to reports, Amrullah Saleh, one of the leaders of the Panjshir valley resistance effort, had previously fled.

The Taliban also released a video from what appears to be the same location where Amrullah made his public appearance last week, stating he was still in Panjshir.

Amrullah Saleh, who was born to a Tajik family in Panjshir in 1972, was orphaned at a young age.

He was nurtured at the heart of the resistance movement, under the leadership of Ahmad Shah Massoud, and joined the movement when he was a child. 

According to sources, Taliban members tortured Saleh's sister to death in 1996.

"What happened in 1996 irrevocably affected my opinion of the Taliban," Saleh said in a Time magazine editorial.

In order to defeat the Taliban, he fought with his boss and as part of the Northern Alliance. 

(With inputs from agencies)