Beheading of civilians possible war crime: UNAMA
The victims were abducted last month from southern Ghazni province and executed between 6 and 8 November in the Arghandab district of Zabul, where armed clashes were reported between two rival insurgent groups.
Nicholas Haysom, the secretary-general’s special representative for Afghanistan, denounced the deliberate murder of civilian hostages, including women and children, as abhorrent.
Haysom, who also heads the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, said in a statement: “These senseless murders may amount to war crimes and the perpetrators must be held accountable.”
He called the murder of civilians, as well as the taking of civilian hostages, serious violations of international humanitarian law that all parties to the armed conflict are required to uphold.
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