Iran Condemns Deadly Terror Attack on Shiite Village in Afghanistan

Taliban and Islamic State fighters allegedly killed more than 50 civilians including women and children in Afghanistan's Sar-e Pul province

The Taliban have released 235 villagers held since the fighters seized control of an area in northern Sar-e Pul province five days ago, Afghan provincial officials said on Wednesday.

The provincial governor Mohammad Zahir Wahdat said Sunday that the militants have massacred at least 30 to 40 people, including women and children after they captured a key area in Sayad district.

"They (released hostages) have been safely evacuated to the eponymous provincial capital Sar-e Pul, but there are still an unknown number of people being kept hostage there", Amani said.

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Amani said that dozens of Taliban and Daesh fighters, under the command of a local Taliban commander whom he said pledged allegiance to Daesh, launched a coordinated attack in the area on Thursday. The majority of those killed were Shia Muslims. In the first half of the year 1,662 civilians were killed and 3,581 injured, according to United Nations figures.

In a Tuesday statement, the embassy said it regarded as "baseless and groundless" the unprofessional and divisive remarks by the Saudi chargé d'affaires in Kabul, Mishari al-Harbi and completely rejected them.


The Taliban has rejected that allegation, saying a group under one of its commanders carried out the attack.

In recent months, the number or fightings have escalated across Afghanistan.

He also added that the enemies do not recognize Islam and have no respect to the Afghans and humanity.

While there they would advise Afghan combat forces and provide air support against Taliban insurgents.

"Since the villages are cut off, we can't confirm any new killings by the terrorists", Amani said.

President Ashraf Ghani promised "revenge" for the attack but the incident underlines the precarious security situation across much of Afghanistan, where militant and bandit groups defy central government authority in many areas.

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