Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. — Photo by AP

KANDAHAR: Taliban insurgents beheaded 17 Afghan civilians for taking part in a music event in a Taliban-controlled area of southern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said.

The Interior Ministry said the attack happened Sunday in Helmand province and that gunfire was also involved.

Helmand provincial government spokesman Daoud Ahmadi said the attack happened in Musa Qala district.

Ahmadi said all of the victims had their heads chopped off. He said it was not clear if they were shot first.

The Musa Qala government chief said the people had gathered for a celebration and were playing music and dancing and the insurgents wanted to stop the event.

Neyamatullah Khan said the area where the slaughter took place is completely in Taliban control and so he does not have more details yet.

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Akhter Husain
August 27, 2012 4:05 pm
They are there to do what they are doing.Bring a bad name to Islam and Muslims I wonder what would have happened had these people were there when our prophet arrived in Madeena The Ansars had greeted him with poetry and music.Having said that -what right they have to behead the music listeners and performers.They are not government .
S. Israr Ali
August 27, 2012 7:17 am
Savagery in the name of golden religion of Islam!
metah punnu
August 28, 2012 1:41 am
we should ban all organized religions from the world...and tax their receipts. This just tells us how far we have to gone
metah punnu
August 28, 2012 1:42 am
Moed... 17 people beheaded, and you are saying its all media? what is the proof they did not?
August 28, 2012 1:07 am
Wow..What an argument. When you do not want to hear something, you blame that media is telling lie. After all it was media that raised questions about 9/11 twin towers. Media's job is to tell people correct news in good faith. But they are not always wrong. Particularly this news can be verified from several sources. Every body cannot be wrong. Why 17 civilians were killed? Taliban are very cunning and use all sort of media resources including social media. They do lie as well. Even they could have lied but still they did not rejected that they did not killed these people. Even if they were in party, did they deserved to be killed like this?
August 27, 2012 10:10 am
Guys calm down.... This is all media... PLZ PLZ done start shouting untill you have the details from some trusted sources... This same media envaded iraq on WMD issue, same media declared that twin towers were put down by planes....... dont listen to the media plz.....
August 27, 2012 8:25 am
This shows that Taliban are evil and they follow an evil idealogy. They have nothing to do with Islam, our peaceful religion.
Cyrus Howell
August 27, 2012 11:23 am
Murdering civilians is better than taking a bath, apparently.
Gerry D'Cunha
August 27, 2012 10:56 am
savagery in the name of religion
August 27, 2012 9:47 am
So you justify the killing of innocent people ????????
August 27, 2012 9:48 am
what those beasts did to those innocent people is barbaric indeed, and those Talibans are justifying American insurgency in Afghanistan but what shocked me was the fact that those people were dancing and enjoying in such hostile conditions i mean, why would somebody even think to dance in a place like Hell.
Cyrus Howell
August 27, 2012 11:33 am
Every hardened criminal thinks the same way... If I cannot get people to respect me, I will make them fear me.
taranveer Singh
August 28, 2012 5:32 pm
still religion of peace? do they need something more to prove? these practicals are enough. they are strictly Islamic
August 27, 2012 1:33 pm
Yet they are doing it in the name of Islam!
Jaideep Gupta
August 27, 2012 10:24 am
In Afganistan there is an elected government.My question is what they are doing to save the life of common people. How can an area be controlled by a barbaric party like Taliban.Taliban has no values leave alone Islamic tenets.Islam is getting bad name because of them.So government with the help of outside countries should eradicate them somehow. In this regard they should involve common people also.We have heard some area of Afganistan has been their control.Barbarism prevails in those areas.Government should take immediate action in this regard.
Cyrus Howell
August 27, 2012 11:27 am
The Rolling Stones will not be performing there anytime soon.
Cyrus Howell
August 27, 2012 11:20 am
Brave Islamic warriors!
Nadeem A. Usman
August 27, 2012 8:06 am
It is barbarism. By doing so, could we be called the followers of a Religion of peace ????? All the muslims around the globe are paying the cost for such barbaric acts on the part of some half minded.
August 27, 2012 8:06 am
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