Local officials in Panjshir confirmed that some suspected civilians were detained by the Islamic Emirate, and many of them have been released.
A video went viral on social media that showed Islamic Emirate forces detaining individuals who appeared to be civilians.
However, TOLOnews cannot confirm the exact time the video was made.
“A lot of them have been freed after investigations. Two, three or four of them who remained--their cases are under investigation,” said Abubakar Sediqqi, a spokesman for Panjshir.
This comes as human rights activists expressed concerns, saying that these actions will create distance between the Islamic Emirate and citizens.’
“The international law has some rules for war and peace. One of the rules ... is to protect civilians,” said Farah Mustafavi, a human rights defender.
“Whenever the government takes irresponsible actions, it causes the people to act coldly toward the government,” said Ghulam Sakhi Ihsani, a university instructor.
Earlier, the Human Rights Watch in a report expressed concerns over the “arbitrary detentions” by the Islamic Emirate.