Residents praised for stoning militants to death
KABUL (PAN): The stoning to death of two Taliban fighters by residents of southern Helmand province showed that people had recognised their enemies, an official said on Tuesday.
On Sunday night, locals stoned the militants to death after they killed a 60-year-old villager in the Sara Qala area of Nawa on the charge of cooperating with the government.
Two of the victim's sons, backed by villagers, disarmed the militants before stoning them to death, the district chief, Manaf Khan, told Pajhwok Afghan News. He identified the victim as Bari Dad.
"This action by locals shows they have finally recognised the enemies of Afghanistan and they don't want to remain silent on their cruel tactics," Abdul Karim Ashur, the Government Media and Information Centre Director, told a press conference in Kabul.
Previously, residents of Kunar, Kandahar and Paktia had taken a similar action against the insurgents, he said. He also condemned the murder of Bari Dad.
The Helmand governor said in a statement residents of the village were fed up with militants' inordinate demands and activities.
But a Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, denied insurgents had been stoned to death. The clash might have occurred among villagers, he believed.
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