KABUL (Pajhwok): The Taliban have confirmed confiscating more than $6.5 million and 18 gold bricks from the house of former vice-president Amrullah Saleh and handed them over to the Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB).
A video goes viral on social media, in which a person says: “This is the house of Amrullah Saleh when we came here, we found $105,000 and we handed them over to the governor.”
The man said: “Today we found $6.2 million and nearly 18 gold bricks and we will hand them over to our leaders.”
The video clip shows several people counting and taking pictures of dollars bundles and gold bricks.
The location of Saleh’s house was not specified in the video clip, but it shows it is in Panjsher province.
The Taliban launched attacks on the province about two weeks ago and gained control of the province on September 6.
On Monday, secretary of Zabihullah Mujahid, Mohammad Bilal Karimi said he could not confirm the report about dollars and gold.
But today, Karimi posted the video of dollars and gold on his twitter account, saying: “The Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate have found more than 6 million dollars and 18 gold bricks from the house of Ashraf Ghani’s first deputy, Amrullah Saleh.”
Pajhwok shared the matter with Karimi again via WhatsApp today, but he has not yet responded.
However, a source in Da Afghanistan Bank also said that the money and gold had been handed over to the bank.
But an individual, who did not want to be named and described himself as a member of the anti-Taliban front in Panjsher, told Pajhwok that the report of recovery of money and gold from Amrullah Saleh’s house was untrue.
On August 15, President Ashraf Ghani left the country unexpectedly on the day the Taliban took over Kabul and later he was accused of taking millions of dollars out of the country.
But the former president had denied the allegations, saying he had told the UN that he was ready to be held accountable.
Recently, Mullah Shahabuddin Delawar, a Taliban member, told TOLOnews that they had found one million dollar each in two different places of Presidential Palace.