At least 17 people were killed in celebratory gunfire in Kabul, news agencies said Saturday, after Taliban sources said their fighters were in control of Panjshir, the last province in Afghanistan to hold out against the Islamist group.
Leaders of opposition to the Taliban have denied that the province has fallen.
Shamshad news agency said on Friday that “air firing” in Kabul killed 17 people and injured 41. The Tolo news agency gave a similar number of deaths.
At least 14 people have been injured in festive shelling in Nangarhar province east of the capital, said Gulzada Sangar, spokesman for a hospital in the provincial capital of Jalalabad.
The gunfire provoked a reprimand from the chief Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid.
“Avoid shooting into the air and thank God instead,” Mujahid said in a tweet. “Bullets can harm civilians, so don’t shoot unnecessarily.”