Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that he had fled the country on Sunday to prevent a flood of bloodshed, as the Taliban entered the capital, capping a lightning offensive across the country.
Ghani, who did not say where he had gone, said he believed countless patriots would be martyred and the city of Kabul would be destroyed if he had stayed behind.
“The Taliban have won and are now responsible for the honour, property and self-preservation of their countrymen,” he said in a statement posted to Facebook.
Earlier Afghan President Ashraf Ghani left the country as Taliban raced towards full control of Afghanistan and reached at the gates of Kabul.
According to Afghan media reports, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani left the country along with his team surrendering Kabul to Taliban.
President Ashraf Ghani has left the capital Kabul for Tajikistan, a senior Afghan Interior Ministry official said on Sunday.
“The former Afghan president has left the nation,” Abdullah Abdullah, who heads the peace process, said in a video on his Facebook page.
“God hold him accountable, and the people will have their judgement.”