Taliban Demand Afghans Hand Over Guns, Ammo Within a Week

A spokesman for the Taliban said that Afghans who have government-issued weapons, ammunition, or vehicles need to hand them over or face punishment.

“All those who have government goods, equipment, weapons, ammunition, or vehicles need to hand them over to the relevant department,” said Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid on Twitter, according to translation. The weapons need to be given to the Taliban within a week.

He said the handover is necessary so “there is no need for the offenders to be prosecuted or dealt with legally if [the weapons] are discovered,” Mujahid wrote.

It’s not clear what will happen to individuals who are found to still possess firearms or ammunition after the deadline is over. Also unclear is whether the gun-confiscation plan entails weapons that were not provided by the Afghan government, which collapsed earlier this month.

As the Taliban swiftly captured swaths of Afghanistan territory earlier this month, it seized weapons, vehicles, other equipment, and military bases that had belonged to the United States. That includes U.S.-produced Black Hawk helicopters, M-16 rifles, various explosives, Humvees, and more. – READ MORE