Taliban fighters have been photographed shamelessly having fun at an amusement park even as they bring terror to Afghanistan.
The footage shows jihadists armed with machine guns frolicking as they took over a theme park and played on a carousel and pirate ship ride.
Hundreds of fighters have invaded the popular Kabul waterfront theme park on the banks of the Qargha Reservoir – laughing, joking and drinking sugary snacks.
Afghanistan remains under full Taliban control, with the militant group toppling the government and seizing power after US forces withdrew.
And the people of this war-torn country suffer under their brutal rule, with reports of cruel punishments such as flogging, beheadings and hangings as well as new medieval-style rules.
But despite their brutality, the fighters in these images were slow to enjoy the spoils of their vicious conquest while flaunting their weapons.
Most of the guns rocked by militants were American-made weapons that were once the weapons of the West-trained Afghan army and police.
Taliban fighters were pictured exploring the park – and one even posed brazenly with the photographer, so it looked like he had an angelic halo.
Taliban fighter Halimi, 24, said: “I am very happy to come to Kabul and to be able to visit Qargha for the first time… people have welcomed me and my companions in a brotherly way.
He added: “We are proud to have fought and now they (the Americans) are gone, it is the happiest thing that we have ever experienced.”
The activist added that he had met a cousin at the amusement park and had gone for a picnic to celebrate the return of the Taliban, during a conversation with Reuters.
Photos showed fighters arriving at the fairground in vans while beaming before flooding the interior.
Other images showed fighters sitting on the sandy shores, with children and very young men mingling with them, while other activists went on seaside-style horse rides.
Taliban fighters have taken over security functions across the country replacing the Afghan army and police – tasked with spreading jihadist justice.
And while they were pictured frolicking around Kabul, the country still remains under siege by rival terrorist group ISIS-K.
At least 50 people were killed and more than 140 were injured when a suicide bomber detonated a device in a mosque in northern Afghanistan.
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