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Insurgents behead 17 civilians in southern Afghanistan: officials

Published Aug 27, 2012 07:03am


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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 Aug 27, 2012 04:05pm
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 Aug 27, 2012 07:17am
Savagery in the name of golden religion of Islam!
metah punnu Aug 28, 2012 01:41am
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 Aug 28, 2012 01:42am
Moed... 17 people beheaded, and you are saying its all media? what is the proof they did not?
sss Aug 28, 2012 01:07am
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?
Moeed Aug 27, 2012 10:10am
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.....
Javed Aug 27, 2012 08:25am
This shows that Taliban are evil and they follow an evil idealogy. They have nothing to do with Islam, our peaceful religion.
Cyrus Howell Aug 27, 2012 11:23am
Murdering civilians is better than taking a bath, apparently.
Gerry D'Cunha Aug 27, 2012 10:56am
savagery in the name of religion
salaria Aug 27, 2012 09:47am
So you justify the killing of innocent people ????????
Rashid Aug 27, 2012 09:48am
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 Aug 27, 2012 11:33am
Every hardened criminal thinks the same way... If I cannot get people to respect me, I will make them fear me.
taranveer Singh Aug 28, 2012 05:32pm
still religion of peace? do they need something more to prove? these practicals are enough. they are strictly Islamic
marzan Aug 27, 2012 01:33pm
Yet they are doing it in the name of Islam!
Jaideep Gupta Aug 27, 2012 10:24am
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 Aug 27, 2012 11:27am
The Rolling Stones will not be performing there anytime soon.
Cyrus Howell Aug 27, 2012 11:20am
Brave Islamic warriors!
Nadeem A. Usman Aug 27, 2012 08:06am
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.
Vigilant Aug 27, 2012 08:06am
Americans DO MORE.....