Ghani strongly condemns decapitating ALP corpses
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday strongly condemned decapitating the corpses of Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel after their martyrdom during clashes with Taliban militants in the Jalrez district of central Maidan Wardak province.
Three days ago, hundreds of Taliban gunmen attacked security posts in the district, about 30 miles west of Kabul, and the ensuing clashes left 40 attackers and 30 ALP men dead, according to officials.
Some of the ALP bodies were decapitated and burned, officials said. President Ghani in a statement from the Presidential Palace strongly condemned the decapitation as against Islam and humanity and the rules of war.
The statement said the ALP forces had strongly resisted the insurgents’ attacks and a number of ALP men after their killing were barbarically insulted and chopped off.
The president said though war was a bitter reality, yet such actions were not acceptable because the war had its own principles which both the sides must adhere to.
Deeply shocked by the incident, the president extended his heartfelt condolences to families of the victims.
The Taliban had reportedly overrun about 11 security checkpoints since the battle began, but hundreds of supporting forces, who reached the area on Friday and Saturday, had taken back at least seven of the checkpoints and secured the government buildings in central Jalrez.
The provincial governor on Saturday asked visiting senior officials from Kabul including the defence minister and the chief of army staff to thoroughly investigate the Jalrez incident.
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