Taliban spokesman rejects reports of nighttime curfew

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. Photo: Reuters

KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has rejected reports that the Taliban is imposing a nighttime curfew, calling the circulated document on the subject “false” and “fake” in a message to Amu.

Mujahid stated that the “imposition of a nighttime curfew falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Defense.”

However, an independent source within the Taliban confirmed the authenticity of the document to Amu on Sunday, May 26.

The letter, a copy of which has been obtained by Amu, shows that the Taliban’s Ministry of Defense instructed its intelligence division to enforce restrictions on public movement after 10 p.m. starting from the beginning of summer. The directive, dated May 26, mandates that these restrictions be implemented “in both central and district areas.”

This letter had previously been disseminated by Green Trend.

The discussion of a nighttime curfew arises amid a series of deadly attacks claimed by ISIS in various parts of the country in recent weeks. The latest attack targeted tourists in Bamiyan, with ISIS taking responsibility.