Taliban allegedly burn down amusement park a day after footage shows militants riding dodgems
Taliban militants allegedly burned down an Afghanistan amusement park after footage exposed them playing on dodgems.
While Afghanistan residents are in horror after their president fled the country and the Taliban movement took over, militants were spotted playing around on dodgems and riding horses on a merry-go-round, enjoying their recent victory. Only a day after the controversial footage was released, an amusement park was set on fire, Unilad reports.
— Mediavenir (@Mediavenir) August 16, 2021
According to The Independent, the video showing the Taliban militants riding bumper cars is thought to have been filmed in the north-western city of Herat. However, a Twitter user has claimed the second took place at a park in Begha, Sheberghan, around 10 hours away. Therefore, the amusement park that was burned down may not be where the bizarre scene took place.
The social media user who shared a video of the burning park claims it was the Bokhdi Amusement Park.
They believe it had been set alight by the Taliban because there were “statues/idols” in “public access.” The user explains:
“Idols are illegal in Islam, This is the logic of the Taliban’s brutal emirate.
The homeland is occupied.”
The Bokhdi Amusement Park was set on fire by Taliban insurgents in Begha, Sheberghan. The reason is that the statues/idols standing there are in Public access Idols are illegal in Islam, This is the logic of the Taliban's brutal emirate. The homeland is occupied.#Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/MBuYsQQbxk
— Ihtesham Afghan (@IhteshamAfghan) August 17, 2021
Although Taliban leaders promised the Afghan population a peaceful transition and they would respect women’s rights, they have pledged they would enforce Islamic law.
Fearing for their future under Taliban laws, dozens of Afghans tried to escape the country, clinging to American military planes that were taking off earlier this week. Sadly, many lost their lives in the chaos, with at least seven people killed at Kabul International Airport and others falling from the planes mid-air.
Kabul Airport runway today. No words needed. pic.twitter.com/8SfzEOprUZ
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) August 16, 2021