Two dead after rebellion breaks out as Taliban flag is replaced with Afghan flag

 At least two people are feared dead and eight others injured in a protest against the Taliban in the Afghan city of Jalalabad, according to local media.

Soldiers fired into the crowd and beat up protesters who attempted to remove a white Taliban flag and replace it with the Afghanistan flag.

The militants took control of the northeastern city, a commercial hub near the main border crossing with Pakistan, four days earlier with little resistance after negotiating a deal with local leaders.

But in a brave show of resistance, hundreds of residents marched through the main shopping street, whistling, shouting and bearing large tri-coloured flags of the Afghan Republic.

Despite the risks involved, some protesters climbed onto buildings to remove the Taliban flag and replace it with the national red, black and green one.Taliban fighters fired in the air to break up the crowd.

In one video at least ten gunshots can be heard.While some people can be seen running away, others stay put and continue cheering and whistling.

Soldiers are said to have then resorted to violence, with local media saying there had been at least two casualties, though this has not been confirmed by the Taliban.

One protester told CNN that despite the violent response, they will protest again ‘to prevent the Taliban from desecrating the Afghan flag’. 

Meanwhile, journalist Hafizullah Maroof tweeted that colleagues in the city were ‘crying in tears’ after being beaten up by Taliban fighters while covering the protest.

There are also reports of multiple deaths and injuries at a demonstration in the southeastern city of Khost.

Dramatic photos and video shows hundreds of people taking to the street, with gunshots heard in the background.

Street protests are also underway in Asadabad in the Kunar province, as anger grows over the Taliban takeover.

The Taliban is preparing to offer details on the shape of their government, naming ministers and filling key positions.

At a press conference yesterday, the group vowed not to ‘hold any grudges’ or seek anymore war.

Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told reporters gathered in Kabul: ‘We want to make sure that Afghanistan is not the field of conflict, the battlefield of conflict, any more.

‘We have pardoned anyone, all those who have fought against us. We don’t want to repeat any conflict, any war, again, and we want to do away with the factors for conflict.’

He said women and girls would be able to access education up to university level, insisting they will have rights ‘within Islamic law’

But their assurances have been met with deep skepticism, and thousands are desperately still attempting to flee the country amid fears of a return to the brutal regime.

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