Taliban ‘execute 900 people in 6 weeks  including police, village elders and a comedian’ 

Taliban ‘execute 900 people in 6 weeks  including police, village elders and a comedian’

Taliban 'execute 900 people in 6 weeks  including police, village elders and a comedian' 

The Taliban have executed 900 people in six weeks in just one province as its fighters overran government troops, a police chief has claimed

Taliban ‘executed 900 people in six weeks including police, village elders and a comedian’ as the Islamists overran Kandahar province
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Targets included police, state employees, government supporters and comedian
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The victims included police officers, tribal elders, civil activists, and even a popular comedian who were dragged from their homes and killed in southern Kandahar province, the region’s former head of police Tadin Khan said.

The police chief also disclosed that the Islamist fighters have recaptured much of the province and have laid siege to the regional capital – also named Kandahar – as they push to retake control of the country following US troop withdrawal.

Many of the deaths occurred in the town of Spin Boldak, on the border with Pakistan, Khan told Afghan news outlet TOLO.

 

‘The people have suffered enormously,’ he said. ‘The brutality that occurred in Boldak is unforgivable.’

Taliban ‘execute 900 people in 6 weeks  including police, village elders and a comedian’

 

Among them was comedian Nazar Mohammad, who previously served in the Afghan police, who had his throat slit before images of his body were posted online.

 

Other targets of the Islamists have been Afghan soldiers in hiding,  some of whom may have surrendered to the Taliban rather than fight on the promise they would be allowed to return safely home.

 

Religious scholars, government employees, and anyone thought to be a supporter of the government has also been targeted, Khan said.

 

 The Taliban has denied claims of executions.

The Taliban executed some 900 people in six weeks in just one province as its fighters overran government troops, a police chief has claimed

Targets included police officers, tribal elders, civil activists, and even a popular comedian who were dragged from their homes and killed in southern Kandahar province, the region’s former head of police Tadin Khan said.

Islamist fighters have now recaptured much of the province and have laid siege to the regional capital – also named Kandahar – as they push to retake control of the country following US troop withdrawal.

Taliban ‘execute 900 people in 6 weeks  including police, village elders and a comedian’

 

 

However, if the Taliban emerge victorious then it will likely push on to try and retake the capital of Kabul – handing it back control of Afghanistan and making a mockery of two decades of western intervention.

The nightmare scenario is that no side can deal a killer blow and the conflict drags out into a prolonged and bloody civil war of the kind seen in the 1990s which spawned the Taliban in the first place.

That risks creating a severe refugee crisis and providing a safe haven for other terror groups – such as ISIS – to move into.

Just yesterday, the head of Britain’s armed forces General Sir Nick Carter warned that the country is at risk of becoming a failed state even if the Taliban re-take power.

Gen Carter also warned BBC Radio 4’s Today there is a ‘real risk’ that ‘we’re giving far too much legitimacy to the Taliban movement’.

‘There is a huge disparity between what Mullah Baradar is saying publicly, and what he’s doing publicly in travelling around countries like Russia and China, and so on and so forth, and a disparity between what’s actually happening on the ground.

‘And the international community has got to do much more about calling out the way that the people on the ground are trashing government buildings, they are threatening the population, there are reports of people being forced into marriages.’

He said there have been ‘grisly videos of war crimes’ and ‘we mustn’t let them get away with this – we’ve got to call them out’.

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