12 mosques torched in past 10 days in Baghlan
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Categorically condemning torching of 12 mosques in northern Baghlan province on Thursday, the hajj and religious affairs department asked Taliban to surrender the perpetrators to Ulama Council or the group would be held responsible for setting the fire to worship places.
Abdul Rashid Mazhari, director hajj and religious affairs, told Pajhwok Afghan News 12 mosques had been torched in the last 10 days in Dand-i-Ghori locality of the provincial capital, Pul-i-Khumri.
He said the mosques were set on fire in areas where Taliban had sway and it was the group’s responsibility to ascertain the perpetrators and detain them. “The Taliban should surrender the perpetrators to the Ulama Council,” he said, adding otherwise it would be viewed that the group itself was behind the sacrilegious act.
Col. Abdul Rashid Bashir, deputy police chief, said six of the mosques have been completely destroyed while six others were partially damaged.
He said the mosques were located in Wardakha, Islamabad, and Ahmadzai areas of Dand-i-Ghori.
Bashir claimed Taliban were behind the act, but Akhtar Omari, a Taliban commander, denied the group’s hand in the incidents.
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