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Protests in Kabul over hostage beheading


Kabul – A report from Afghanistan says more than 2,000 people took to the streets on Wednesday in Kabul in an unusual public protest against the Taliban, after six people were found beheaded by the militants at the weekend.
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The protesters were chanting death to supporters of terrorism in Afghanistan, while other protesters chanted death to supporters of the Taliban.

Somaya Sama, a social activist, said the crowds chanted for the resignations of President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, demanding justice for the victims, who included women and a child.

“We are really angry about this, especially the 11-year-old girl killed with the hostages.

Gul’ Islam Sial, Spokesman for Zabul Governor, identified Zabul as one of the most hostile provinces in Afghanistan with several districts fully controlled by Taliban.

He noted that recently, militants from the Sunni extremist Islamic State group have also surfaced there.

“There is infighting between two factions of Taliban in the province.

“Since the district is under Taliban control, we cannot confirm which group carried out the beheadings,’’ he said. (dpa/NAN)

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