Rifle-wielding Taliban fighters enjoy PEDALO rides to celebrate the one year anniversary since the bloody takeover of Afghanistan

RIFLE GUNS Taliban fighters have seen prisoners enjoying pedal boat rides to celebrate the one-year anniversary of their bloody takeover of Afghanistan.

The hard-core jihadists were seen sunning themselves on the lakes in Band-e-Amir National Park, a popular weekend destination in the country.

Taliban fighters sunbathe on pedal boats in Afghanistan's only national park

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Taliban fighters sunbathe on pedal boats in Afghanistan’s only national parkPhoto credit: Getty
Some hardliners have been spotted with guns and military camouflage gear

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Some hardliners have been spotted with guns and military camouflage gearPhoto credit: Getty
People gathered at the lake to celebrate the one year anniversary of the takeover of Afghanistan

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People gathered at the lake to celebrate the one year anniversary of the takeover of AfghanistanPhoto credit: Getty

Photos show men wielding AK-47s in camouflage military gear and traditional outfits, smiling and conversing in the area dubbed Afghanistan’s Grand Canyon.

Some fighters jumped into the water as temperatures rose above 40C.

It comes as the Taliban prepare to celebrate on August 15 the one-year anniversary of their violent takeover of the Middle East country from the US.

Since taking power, the misogynistic jihadists have undone many of the gains made by women during the two decades of US intervention.

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In a rare location, about 40 women demonstrated in front of the Ministry of Education building in Kabul on Saturday.

The protesters chanted “Bread, Jobs and Freedom” and carried a banner that read “August 15 is a black day” before being separated by Taliban fighters, who shot in the air.

The women, who demanded labor rights and more political participation, reportedly fled to nearby shops and were followed and beaten with rifle butts.

Reporters covering the march, which saw women without face veils protesting and demanding justice, were also beaten by Taliban fighters.

The horrific juxtaposition between a calm and happy Afghan population and the reality on the ground was shown in similar snapshots last September.

Taliban fighters splashed around on pedal boats in the same national park – hours after female employees were banned from going to work.

Cheerful gunmen armed with grenade launchers and Kalashnikov assault rifles have been spotted on swan-shaped pedal boats in central Bamiyan province.

In Bamiyan, in 2001, just before the US-led invasion, the Taliban blew up two giant 1,500-year-old Buddha statues carved into a mountain.

The truant came weeks after the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan, when video surfaced showing some having fun riding bumper cars at a captured theme park.

Whimsical video showed the heavily armed fanatics carrying out brutal executions, stonings and amputations, also riding a children’s carousel.

Pictures of carefree militants enjoying themselves on swan pedal boats came as Kabul Mayor Hamdullah Namony ordered female staff to stay home, marking the latest blow to women’s rights since hardline fanatics seized power five years ago weeks meant.

Band-e-Amir National Park has been a popular tourist destination

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Band-e-Amir National Park has been a popular tourist destinationPhoto credit: Getty
The jihadists were spotted on pedal boats last September while also asserting women's rights

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The jihadists were spotted on pedal boats last September while also asserting women’s rightsPhoto credit: Getty

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