Several reportedly killed in anti-Taliban protests

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Several people have reportedly been killed in Afghanistan's northeastern city of Asadabad when members of the Taliban fired at people waving the national flag at an Independence Day rally and sparked a stampede.

It was not clear if the casualties were caused by the discharging of the firearms or from the ensuing stampede, witness Mohammed Salim, from the capital city of Kunar Province, told Reuters on Thursday.

Meanwhile, 12 people have been reportedly killed in and around the Kabul airport, as thousands are still awaiting evacuation from Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover of the country's capital. The deaths were caused either by gun shots or in stampedes, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing Taliban and NATO officials.

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