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Men wearing facemasks as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus walk past a wall painted with images of US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad (L) and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (R), in Kabul April 5, 2020. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images)

US diplomat calls Taliban ‘extremists’

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KABUL: The U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Affairs Ross Wilson reacted to the Taliban’s acts of destroying public institutions, saying that destruction of infrastructure reflects the group’s extremism.

“Seeing shocking reports from Andkhoy District of Faryab,” Wilson said on Twitter. “The Taliban’s burning of shops and government buildings, detaining of people, and destruction of infrastructure and communication networks demonstrates their extremism and their disregard for the human rights of the Afghan people.

This comes as videos leaked on social media show that the Taliban are destroying infrastructures. Earlier, a video allegedly released by the insurgents showed that the Taliban blew up Anardara district’s compound in western Farah province.

But the insurgents’ spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid reacted to the U.S. diplomat’s remarks as saying that “Remarks by U.S. embassy” about Andkhoi in the northern Faryab province “are irresponsible and baseless.”

He insisted the Taliban considered it their duty to protect their country and people. He blamed foreigners for killing innocent people over the past 20 years.

He alleged the government forces bombed people, markets and buildings in Andkhoy and Parwarn’s Siagard district, causing destruction.

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