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President Ashraf Ghani runs away from Afghanistan, takes refuge in Tajikistan

Ghani left Kabul for Tajikistan, a senior interior ministry official tells Reuters news agency.

The president's office told Reuters news agency it "cannot say anything about Ashraf Ghani's movement for security reasons" [Rahmat Gul/AP]

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has left Afghanistan for Tajikistan as Taliban closes in on Kabul, according to several media reports.

Ghani’s departure comes amid negotiations for a peaceful transfer of power after Taliban fighters encircled Kabul.

The president’s office told Reuters news agency it “cannot say anything about Ashraf Ghani’s movement for security reasons”.

Meanwhile, a Taliban official told Reuters they were checking reports about Ghani’s departure from the country.

On Sunday, Taliban troops surrounded Afghanistan’s seat of power but promised not to attack. The group said it has instructed its fighters to refrain from violence and offer safe passage to anyone wishing to leave Kabul.

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