KABUL: The Ministry of Defense claimed that the Taliban has killed more than 100 civilians under the excuse of being government sympathizers in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province.
Defense Ministry Spokesperson Fawad Aman on Tuesday said that the militants also looted the houses and properties of the victims after conducting a mass raid on their residences.
“They are massacring people in parts of the district controlled by them. They are raiding their homes, looting their belongings, and killing them,” stated the spokesperson, saying that Taliban attacks against civilians have increased since Eid-ul-Adha.
Afghan First Vice President Amrullah Saleh claimed the victims mainly included “athletes, civil society activists, business persons, bloggers & persons suspected of sympathy with government of Afghanistan.”
“Pakistan agencies since long see the town as fiercely anti-Durand line sympathizing with Baluch & Achekzais next door. This is a revenge massacre,” he said.
A Taliban spokesperson denied the allegations, claiming, “They [Afghan government] just want to find a justification for their would-be plan of offensive against our forces based in Spin Boldak.”
President Ashraf Ghani earlier said that around 10,000 fighters having entered Afghanistan from across the Durand Line in a span of a month. He blamed Pakistan for assisting the Taliban and other insurgent groups in Afghanistan.
Chaman-Spin Boldak port was shut for commute following intense clashes between the Taliban and Afghan forces. The border was fallen to the Taliban after heavy fights and Pakistani officials on Monday announced that the border was reopened.
The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) say they have a plan to carrying out operations to take back the control of the strategic town.