Rebellion begins as Taliban flag is replaced with Afghan flag in Jalalabad

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At least two people have been killed and eight others injured in a protest against the Taliban in the Afghan city of Jalalabad, according to local media.

Militants opened fire as demonstrators attempted to remove a white Taliban flag and replace it with the Afghanistan flag.

Images show a number of people standing on top of a tall building and waving the national red, green and black flag.

Others can be seen waving the Afghan flag on the ground of a busy street.

Journalist Bilal Sarwary said the militants opened fire to disperse crowds.

In one video around ten gunshots can be heard as people run away screaming, while others can be heard cheering.

Other videos on social media show dozens of people marching down a street waving the tri-coloured flag.

Yesterday, Khost and today Jalalabad: People protest asking Taliban to not change the #AfghanFlag 🇦🇫.

A participant tells me the Taliban shot at them but no exact info on casualties. Taliban have not said anything as well.
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Taliban have returned to a changed #Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/iZQ7B7KKJc

Residents also protested over the flag in the city of Khost yesterday, while another one is underway in Asadabad, the capital city of the Kunar province, according to local journalists.

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