By Anisa Shaheed
Unidentified gunmen reportedly have killed “over a 100 civilians” in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
The Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) confirmed the report, saying these civilians were killed without any reason.
The Afghan government blamed the Taliban for the murder of civilians.
“The brutal terrorists on the order of their Punjabi bosses (Pakistan) ambushed the homes of the innocent Afghans in certain areas of Spin Boldak, looted the homes and martyred 100 innocent people,” said Mirwais Stanekzai, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior.
“This unveils the real face of the cruel enemy,” added Stanekzai.
Meanwhile, a member of Kandahar’s provincial council has said that two of his sons were taken from their home a day before Eid began and both were killed by the unidentified gunmen.
The Taliban has denied any involvement in the killing of civilians.
Fida Mohammad Afghan, a member of Kandahar’s provincial council, said that unidentified gunmen took his two sons out of the house a day before Eid and then killed them. Afghan is a resident of Spin Boldak.
Afghan said that his sons were not associated with any military group.
“They say that they were not associated with the movement (Taliban), but whoever they are, they must be apprehended and they must be brought to justice,” said Fida Mohammad Afghan, a member of the Kandahar provincial council.
“Some people say they have taken away 380 people, and those who were killed are still lying there,” said Fida Mohammad Afghan.
According to the Afghan security agencies, the dead bodies of several civilians are still lying on the ground in Spin Boldak.
Afghan security authorities have blamed the Taliban for the murders.
“They (Taliban) even resorted to the looting of the homes of civilians and govertment offices including the destruction of public infrastructure,” said Rohullah Ahmadzai, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense. “They also assassinated the civilians,” Ahmadzai further said.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid rejected the allegations.
“They (Taliban) conduct these acts on the orders of their masters, they want to give the color of an ethnic war to their proxy war,” said Stanekzai.
“People who are in battle zones shouldn’t be harmed. Harming the families is a prohibited move,” said MP Gul Ahmad Kamin.
Currently, Spin Boldak district is under the control of the Taliban.