July 25, 2014
At least 14 Hazaas, including 3 women and 1 child, passengers are singled out and executed by Taliban in Ghor, Afghanistan.
The 15 killed were separated by the armed men after their national ID cards were checked, Provincial Governor Sayed Anwar Rahmati told TOLOnews.
An adviser to the provincial governor was also among those killed, said Rahmati.
Local officials said the victims of the shootout belonged to the Hazara ethnic minority.
“Four of them were members of one family,” said Governor Rahmati. “A groom and his bride and the groom’s mother and sister were brutally killed.”
The three vans – two heading to the capital of Kabul and one on its way from Kabul to Cheghcheran – were randomly stopped at one point in the isolated Lal and Sarjungal district.
Ghor Police Chief Gen. Fahim Qayem said an investigation has begun to find out why selected passengers were killed.
However, the suspected Taliban insurgents, blamed for most of the civilian causalities, have not yet commented about the incident.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressed his condolences to the victims families in a statement released by the Presidential Palace.
Karzai illustrated with strong words the condemnation of the inhuman killings of the innocent lives, calling it an unforgivable act against humanity and religious values.
Two weeks ago, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) expressed its concerns about a 24 percent increase of civilian casualties in 2014 in Afghanistan.
Ghor governor called on the central government to deploy additional security forces to his province amid an increase in insecurity there.