By: Rukhshana Media
Taliban forces have detained women in Balkh province who were protesting against the suicide bombing of students in Kabul. They have not disclosed the location of where they have taken the women.
Earlier on Monday, Taliban forces had padlocked the front gate of the Balkh University central hostel to prevent the women from joining a planned street protest. In video footage seen by Rukhshana Media, the students in the hostel broke the lock by smashing it with a rock and tried to leave for the protest.
Rukhshana Media has also seen a video of a woman being dragged away from the hostel against her will by Taliban forces. Taliban officials have refused to say where she has been taken.
Students at the Balkh University central hostel say it has been surrounded by the Taliban’s red unit and attempts to leave the hostel have been denied. Some have also had their phones confiscated.
At least two protestors who joined the march in Balkh fainted after being hit by Taliban forces who attacked the group.
It’s the third day that female students have publicly protested in universities across Afghanistan, including Herat and Bamyan, over the deadly attack that left hundreds of Hazara students killed and wounded in west Kabul on Friday.
In Herat on Sunday, the Taliban fired live ammunition into the air to disperse women marching in the street and physically hit some of them.
This follows the Taliban beating women who were marching in Kabul on Saturday.
UNAMA has announced the number of dead and wounded as 126 people, most of whom are teenage girls.