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Afghanistan: Taliban soldiers ‘shoot civilians while bored’

Afghan civilians crowded into a corridor, Taliban fighters holding weapons.  A British soldier who helped evacuate Kabul, Afghanistan, said the Taliban were 'evil' and would 'kill civilians when bored'.

A British soldier says he ‘had never encountered more evil people in his life’ (Photos: AP / Reuters / Getty Images)

When Taliban fighters got tired of waiting for the evacuations to be processed, they would kill and beat Afghan civilians, a British soldier has claimed.

The 22-year-old private, from London, was sent to Kabul with his parachute regiment on August 17, after the Taliban took over Afghanistan, and nations rushed to get their people and allies out of the country.

The soldier, who was given the false name John for his own safety, told Metro.co.uk how he and his colleagues worked on ‘crowd control’ most of their time there.

In the panic that erupted after the Taliban took power, thousands of people tried to flee the country.

Huge crowds of people ended up gathering outside the airport gates and begging soldiers and officials to help them.

Under the Taliban’s agreement, militants collaborated with British and American soldiers and helped them filter passport and visa holders through airport gates.

But the radical fighters ‘became frustrated with the speed at which everything was moving’ and ‘just wanted to start taking it beyond the crowd’.

“When they got frustrated, they started hitting the crowd, and they killed people, they wanted to fire their rifles in the air,” John said.

A crowd of Afghan civilians stopped between two walls.  A British soldier who helped with evacuations in Kabul, Afghanistan, said the Taliban were 'evil' and would 'kill civilians when bored'.

Soldiers had to control the crowds trying to escape from Kabul so they could treat those with passports and visas

Afghan civilians gather outside Kabul airport.  A British soldier who helped with evacuations in Kabul, Afghanistan, said the Taliban were 'evil' and would 'kill civilians when bored'.

Many Afghans stood in line outside the airport gates despite the fact that only passport and visa holders were evacuated

Taliban forces stand guard in front of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 2, 2021. REUTERS / Stringer

The British soldier said ‘people need to be reminded of who has power in this country’ (Image: Reuters)

At one point, people broke out in some form of chaos, which the corporal likened to riots. But while British troops used shields to prevent people from flocking to the airport, Taliban fighters were apparently in the process of ‘running them up the other side’.

John chose to comment on what he saw in Kabul because he feels that ‘everyone has forgotten’ what happened there.

He believes that this is partly due to the way the Taliban has tried to repaint itself as more liberal than it was when the group last ruled the country – from 1996 to 2001.

In fact, even the British Chief of Defense Staff General Sir Nick Carter said last week that the Taliban could make Afghanistan ‘more inclusive’.

While there have been reports of changes in the Taliban’s attitudes, not least to girls ‘and women’s education and labor rights, many stories have emerged about the militants’ alleged return to their brutal habits.

This includes the alleged brutal beating of two Afghan journalists and the alleged beheading of a young girl who was part of Afghanistan’s female volleyball team.

“People need to be reminded of who has the power in this country,” John said.

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Afghan journalists claiming that the Taliban have arrested and beaten them in Kabul.  A British soldier who helped evacuate Kabul, Afghanistan, said the Taliban were 'evil' and would 'kill civilians when bored'.

Local journalists say they covered anti-Taliban demonstrations when they were ‘arrested, insulted and kicked’ (Photo: AFP)

In addition to the Taliban’s violence, Afghans have been thrown into extreme food poverty, as much of the country is dependent on foreign aid – which has been pulled by governments struggling with how to interact with the harsh Islamists.

A staggering one million children risk starvation to death, and some desperate parents resort to selling their own children – usually young girls to older men – to feed the rest of their families.

John insisted that the Taliban’s rebranding is an “untrue farce”. He said: ‘I have never encountered more evil people in my life. I’ve never looked anyone in the eye and just seen pure evil.

Speaking of the Afghans trying to escape from the militants, John said: ‘I have never looked into anyone else’s eyes and seen such fear.’

John, who comes from a military family, said the evacuation in Kabul changed his mind about refugees coming to this country.

He told of how a father put his son at the feet of British soldiers while using shields to control the crowd outside the airport.

The little boy began to be crushed, so troops pulled him through their shields and also brought his father over.

Afghans gathered outside the passport office.  A British soldier who helped with evacuations in Kabul, Afghanistan, said the Taliban were 'evil' and would 'kill civilians when bored'.

John said he had never seen “such fear” as he did in the eyes of civilians trying to get away from the Taliban (Photo: Reuters)

Taliban fighters patrol a market in Kabul's old town, Afghanistan.  A British soldier who helped evacuate Kabul, Afghanistan, said the Taliban were 'evil' and would 'kill civilians when bored'.

John believes that the Taliban’s ‘rebrand’ as a more liberal group is a ‘farce’ (Image: AP)

“Families just put their kids in really difficult situations because it gave them a chance to get free,” John said.

British and American troops often helped people in danger out of the crowd, only to be rejected by border forces, as most of them did not have a British passport or some form of accepted visa.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) told Metro.co.uk: ‘We have always been clear that we need to have a pragmatic dialogue with the Taliban, and we have been doing so for some years.

“As the Prime Minister has said, we will judge the Taliban by their actions, not their words, and we will use every economic, political and diplomatic lever to protect our own countries from harm and help the Afghan people.”

Britain’s evacuation operation, Operation Pitting, successfully brought 15,000 people to safety.

John said: “Despite what happened, it’s kind of the first time in my military career where I can say I’ve actually done my job and made a difference.”

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