Beheaded bodies of Jaghori residents on way to Ghazni
GHAZNI/QALAT (Pajhwok): The bodies of civilians, including four women, who were beheaded by Islamic State militants in southern Zabul province, are being shifted to the provincial capital of southern Ghazni province, officials said on Monday.
Mohmand Nasratyar, Zabul’s Arghandad district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News Daesh militants had been holding hostage the slain individuals in Khak-i-Afghan district after kidnapping them from Jaghori district of Ghazni a month back.
They were beheaded in Sar Dara area of the Arghandad district after clashes erupted between militants loyal to Taliban’s widely recognized supreme leader Mullah Akhtar Masnour and a dissent Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah, the official said.
Zabul’s Shah Joy district chief Wazir Mohammad Jawadi told Pajhwok Afghan News that residents of Arghandab district on Sunday brought the bodies of the slain persons to Shah Joy.
He said the slain persons included four women and three men and their bodies were handed over to Jaghori residents late on Sunday.
Jaghori district chief Zafar Sharif confirmed the bodies were being shifted to Ghazni City from Zabul.
He said the bodies could not reach Ghazni City as of Monday noon due to road blockades. The bodies would be shifted to Jaghori district once reached Ghazni City.
A member of the provincial council of Ghazni, Nasir Ahmad Faqiri, told Pajhwok Afghan News the victims were travelling from Jaghori district to Ghazni City about a month ago when they were seized by Daesh militants in the limits of Gilan district.
A resident of Jaghori district and university teacher Mohammad Essa Sharafat said the bodies were yet to be handed over to residents of Jaghori. He said the victims belonged to two families and they included three women, one girl child and four men.
Sharafat said the people of Jaghori were facing severe problems and challenges including road blockades and economic constrains.
He urged the government to establish security posts on the highway between Jaghori and Qarah Bagh district in order to allow Jaghori residents stranded in Kabul and Ghazni City to return to their homes.
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