17 civilians beheaded in Afghanistan

2012-08-27 13:59

Kandahar - Seventeen civilians including two women were beheaded in a southern Afghanistan village in a region plagued by the Taliban insurgency, officials said on Monday.

"Last night 17 local villagers, two women and 15 men, were beheaded by unknown people in Kajaki district," Daud Ahmadi, a spokesperson for the Helmand provincial administration, said.

"We don't know who was behind the killings at this time. We're investigating," Ahmadi said.

A senior police official in the province, Mohammad Ismael Hotak, confirmed the incident, giving a similar account.

Taliban insurgents are active in the troubled region and they have in the past been blamed for beheading local villagers, mostly over charges of spying for Afghan and US-led Nato forces.

Haji Musa Khan, a tribal elder in the neighbouring district of Musa Qala, said the region had seen a surge in such killings in recent months.

"We had three people beheaded during the month of Ramadan. Another person, the son of a tribal elder, was beheaded recently," he said.

Khan said the killings followed major military operations by Afghan and Nato troops in the area.

  • rick.kabose - 2012-08-27 14:20

    Speechless!!! That is the afghan way ?

      Lyndatjie - 2012-10-12 07:03

      Yes Patrick... and it's Macdonalds' fault that I've got cholesterol.

  • Hemlock - 2012-08-27 14:34

    Sick, sick, stomach turns!

  • siphiwo.maurice - 2012-08-27 14:36

    Barbarism at its worst. Africa my beginning, Africa my ending, let this, not happen here.

      gary.landman - 2013-02-05 21:34

      .. true Siphiwo, but look at nigeria and the boko haran or whatever they are called...its in africa already!

  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-08-27 14:39

    These are the people that some want the US , Afgan and Nato to capitulate too . Of course we have women being shot on the ground , girls schools being blown apart , sacreligous destruction and other such daily occurences .

  • lisa.farkass - 2012-08-27 14:42

    Fundamentalists from ANY religion are dangerous...they must be stopped..they are peace and freedom blockers.

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