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People throng banks in Kabul, pressing to get cash

Thousands of people thronged banks in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday to withdraw a limited amount of money as banks limited cash withdrawals to prevent a flight of capital from the country.

Long queues could be seen in front of various banks as the Taliban stand guard, some dressed in army fatigues and others in local garb, all using long-range walkie-talkies for communication.

After the Taliban captured Kabul on Aug. 15, banks were shuttered for more than a week. When the banks reopened, they limited cash withdrawals to 20,000 Afghani ($200) a day.

The bank branches were crowded because the city has only a few working ATMs.

After the fall of the Ashraf Ghani government, the local Afghani fell 15% against the US dollar, raising the prices of many products.

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