Taliban gun down 25 kidnapped men of uprising group
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Taliban shot dead 25 members of the uprising group who were kidnapped by insurgents from Sherin Tagab district of western Faryab province, security officials said on Friday.
Earlier on Thursday, the district chief, Syed Luqman Ghraik, had told Pajhwok Afghan News the Astana Baba area fell to Taliban hours after First Vice-President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum left Faryab for neighbouring Sar-i-Pul province.
He said more than 50 fighters of an uprising group were missing and probably killed by Taliban fighters during the attack.
Col. Baryalai Parwani Basharyar, a senior police official, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Taliban shot the 25 kidnapped men to death. He said the slain men belonged to Khwaja Sabzposh district.
The slain individuals had gone to Astana Baba area to support the security forces against militants, he recalled.
Col. Mohammad Akbar Bashash, police chief for Khwaja Sabzposh district, said that funeral prayers for the 25 slain men had been offered in the morning here. He confirmed that 26 of the missing persons had now been returned to their homes but there was still no clue to the 17 other missing people.
Naqibullah, a resident of the locality, said that a large number of people attended funeral prayers for the 25 slain men. But Taliban said that militants retreated tactically from Astana Baba but they now took control of the area.
Taliban said that Afghan security forces left behind 25 corpses of their colleagues.
Separately, unidentified gunmen shot dead a local elder Khal Mohammad in Khwaja Sabzposh district while he was on his way to mosque. But police said that Mohammad had been killed by militants.
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