Taliban fighters ride dodgems at amusement park in Kabul, Afghanistan

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This is the bizarre moment Taliban fighters rode dodgems at an amusement park in Kabul, Afghanistan, after they seized the country’s seat of power.

Footage from Monday shows the militants, some still carrying firearms, driving the toy cars around and seemingly enjoying themselves. Other Taliban members were also seen riding ponies on a merry-go-round.

Taliban forces seized Kabul on August 16, settling into the presidential palace after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

A Taliban spokesman said the war was ‘over’ and that the militants have accomplished their objective of retaking the Middle East country following two decades of western occupation started by former leaders George Bush and Tony Blair.

Mohammad Naeem said: ‘We have reached what we were seeking, which is the freedom of our country and the independence of our people. We will not allow anyone to use our lands to target anyone, and we do not want to harm others.’

Meanwhile, the US State Department said there has been no formal transfer of power from the Afghan government to the Taliban, but declined to say if Ghani was still recognised as Afghanistan’s president.