Taliban kill abducted passengers in retaliation: Jangalbagh
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): The police chief for northern Kunduz province on Tuesday said the Taliban had killed six captives in retaliation after their commander was killed in a US drone strike in the Chahardara district.
Local officials two days ago said Taliban’s prison in-charge Janat Gul was killed along with five associates in a US drone strike.
But a member of the provincial council, Amaruddin, had said Gul was killed along with two others in the strike and the remaining 14 people killed were passengers the Taliban had kidnapped from the Kunduz-Takhar highway.
Kunduz police chief Brig. Gen. Qasim Jangalbagh told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban killed six passengers in captivity in revenge for the killing of Janat Gul.
“Taliban imprisoned the six passengers in a container after abducting them on the Kunduz-Takhar highway and blew up the container after the drone strike.”
Kunduz public health officials said they had been delivered six dead bodies of passengers who had been kidnapped by Taliban some time ago and were killed, according to people, in the drone attack.
A relative of one of the slain persons, Hafiz, 30, said: “Taliban kidnapped a cousin of my father-in-law on the Kunduz road and held him captive until he was killed with others in an airstrike.”
The Pentagon has said it is investigating reports about a US airstrike that left dead at least six individuals in Taliban’s captivity and an insurgent commander.
One unnamed Defense Department official was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency the alleged civilian deaths in Saturday’s raid near Kunduz City were being investigated.
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