Taliban militants killed 13 members of the Hazara ethnic community – including 11 former members of the Afghan security forces and two civilians – in Daikundi province on August 30, the international human rights agency Amnesty International said today. Nine former security personnel were killed even after surrendering to the Taliban in Khidir district of the province, the organization said.
According to her, the two civilians tried to flee the area. “The Hazara community is the third largest ethnic group in Afghanistan, which was persecuted by the Taliban regime in the 1990s.” These cold-blooded executions are evidence that the Taliban are committing the same abuses as the previous regime in Afghanistan, “he said. Agnes Callamard, Secretary-General at Amnesty International.
The Taliban police chief for Daikundi province has denied the killings in the province, Amnesty said, reports dpa. The Taliban took control of Daikundi province on August 14, and later 34 members of the former Afghan security forces sought security in Khidir. Following the takeover of Kabul on August 15, the Taliban announced a general amnesty for all government workers, but since then there have been reports of a number of killings in parts of the country.
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