Taliban ‘tortured and massacred’ men from Hazara minority

Taliban 'tortured and massacred' men from Hazara minority
The Hazara people traditionally live in the mountainous central belt of Afghanistan. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Human rights group Amnesty International said the Taliban recently brutally tortured and “massacred” several members of the Hazara minority in Afghanistan.

Witnesses have given harrowing explanations of the killings, which took place in Ghazni province in early July.

Since taking over the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, the militia group has tried to portray a more restrained image.

But Amnesty Internation said the incident was a “horrifying indicator” of Taliban rule.

The Hazara community is the country’s third largest ethnic group and they mainly practise Shia Islam and have faced long-term persecution and discrimination in predominantly Sunni Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Amnesty said in the report, published on Thursday, the nine Hazara men were killed between 4 and 6 July in Malistan district in the eastern Ghazni province.

The rights group reviewed photographic evidence and interviewed eyewitnesses after the killings.

Villagers said they had escaped to the mountains when fighting intensified between Taliban fighters and government forces.

When some of the villagers returned to their home in the village of Mundarakht to collect food, they said the Taliban fighters had looted their homes and were waiting for them.

Separately, some men who passed through the village on their way home to their hamlet were also ambushed.

In total 6 men were allegedly shot, some in the head, and three were tortured to death.

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