Taliban admit to beheading soldiers in Juram
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): The Taliban on Tuesday admitted their fighters beheaded some Afghan National Army soldiers during attacks on their posts two weeks back in northeastern Badakhshan province, saying it was in revenge for government forces mutilating bodies of fighters.
Local officials said the brazen attack from insurgents in Jurm district left at least 27 ANA soldiers dead, including eight who were beheaded.
Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesperson, in a statement said government forces had earlier mutilated bodies of some Taliban fighters in Warduj district and they also decapitated ANA soldiers in Jurm out of vengeance.
The statement said Taliban fighters had been directed to abide by the rules of engagement they had set.
“If someone acts in contrary to our military code of conduct, we will punish them under the Shariah law,” the statement said, addressing Taliban fighters.
Meanwhile, Maulavi Abdul Wahid Tayebi, the High Peace Council (HPC) head in Badakhshan, told Pajhwok Afghan News local Taliban were willing to join the peace process, but foreign fighters did not allow them to do so.
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