Hazara minority in Afghanistan’s Daykundi province lose 14 people to Taliban attck
Reports have indicated that the Taliban shot 14 people belonging to the Hazara community in Khadir district of Afghanistan’s Daykundi province.
Those killed include 12 soldiers, who reportedly surrendered, and two civilians.
This comes a month after the Taliban tortured and killed nine men of the Hazara minority and looted their homes in Ghazni province in early July, human rights group Amnesty International said.
Amnesty International spoke to several people who were witnesses to the brutal killings that took place between July 4 and July 5 in the village of Mundarakht, Malistan district. The report said six Hazara men were shot while three of them were tortured to death.
The Hazara community is Afghanistan’s third largest ethnic group, which mainly practises Shia Islam. It has long faced discrimination and persecution in predominantly Sunni Afghanistan and Pakistan, reports BBC.
Amnesty’s secretary-general Agnès Callamard said, “The cold-blooded brutality of these killings is a reminder of the Taliban’s past record, and a horrifying indicator of what Taliban rule may bring.”
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On July 3, 2021, fighting intensified in Ghazni province between Afghan forces and the Taliban. Following the violence, about 30 families fled their homes to take shelter in traditional iloks, their summer grazing land, in the mountains.
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