Taliban soldiers with AK47s and M16 assault rifles mingle among families at Kabul Zoo.
People visited the Zoo as picnic spot in the shaded grounds enjoying a gala time with their close ones. Heavily armed Taliban gunmen peer into the enclosures housing lions, leopards, camels, wolves, ostriches and macaques.
After years of fighting in the countryside, the capture of the capital was the first time many had entered a large city, let alone a zoo.
One of the 40-year-old Taliban member Abdul Qadir, who also works for the interior ministry said he was sigheeing with his group.
“I really like the animals, especially those which can be found in our country,” he says. “I like lions very much.”