Taliban fighters have reportedly taken USD 6.5 million in cash and 18 gold bars that they found in the Afghan vice president’s house which they broke into after they tortured and killed his brother.
Ahmadullah Muttaqi, chief of the Taliban’s media team, announced via Twitter today (13th September) that the Taliban had successfully recovered USD 6.5 million (GBP 4.7 million) and 18 gold bars of an undisclosed weight from the Afghan vice president, Amrullah Saleh’s home.
In the video’s posted online by the group, their soldiers can be seen sitting on the floor of the Vice President’s house counting big stacks of dollar bills and stuffing them into suitcases.
The floor appears to be littered with cash and heavy gold bars that were left behind by Amrullah.
Earlier this month the Taliban claimed that they captured Amrullah’s brother ‘Rohullah Saleh’ in the Panjshir province.
The Taliban said that they tortured his brother and executed him for his connection to his Amrullah who worked closely with the US and its allies during his role in the Afghan state.
Amrullah took over as the caretaker president of the Afghan state on 17th August after president Ashraf Ghani fled the country.
His current whereabouts are unknown he was reported to be heading to Kabul on the 15th August after it had already fallen to the Taliban to mount a resistance effort.
The last public statement he made was on 3rd September in Tweet which read: “The RESISTANCE is continuing and will continue. I am here with my soil, for my soil & defending its dignity.”
He then told India Today: “We reject of the Emirate of the Taliban, we reject dictatorship, and we reject the grab of power by force.”
This is not the first time the Taliban have hit the jackpot since the US and its allies withdrew from the country.
Earlier this month they showed off the Black Hawk helicopters and armoured military vehicles left behind by the US military.