Taliban deny cutting off labourers' ears
The incident happened at a camp for internally-displaced people in Zherai district of the province, Niaz Mohammad Sarhadi, the district chief, said on March 10.
He added eight individuals, who were traveling in an auto rickshaw, were intercepted by gunmen. After chopping off the ears of four, the rest were freed.
While stoutly denying their involvement in the incident, a militant spokesman insisted they were against the disfigurement of people.
Qari Yousaf Ahmadi referred to Article 70 of Taliban policy, which forbids such acts. "Shariah strictly prohibits chopping off someone's ears, nose or lips," the article states.
On Friday, Mohammad Khan, an elderly person whose ears were cut off, said the gunmen wanted to behead him along with three others, including his son.
The gunmen chopped off the ears of four people, including Khan and his 17 year-old son. "They wanted to decapitate us all, but we begged them to spare us."
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