Violence during Afghan independence day celebration: Live News

At least two people have been killed after Taliban opened fire at a crowd celebrating independence day in Asadabad, witnesses told Al Jazeera.

In Jalalabad, Taliban fighters fired at people waving the Afghan flag during independence day celebrations, injuring a man and a teenage boy.Al Jazeera’s Charlotte Bellis, reporting from Kabul, said: There were some isolated protests linked to the flag in Kabul as well, with people, including women, walking down the streets past Taliban fighters waving the old flag and saying: Our flag is our identity.

Meanwhile, evacuations are continuing from Kabul’s airport.

US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he will keep soldiers in Afghanistan until every American is evacuated, even if that means going beyond his August 31 deadline.