Terrorists have decapitated five Shia Muslims belonging to the Hazara ethnic group in the southeastern Afghan province of Ghazni.
“Their bodies were found today afternoon in the Malistan district. All five were beheaded,” Ramin Ali Hedayat, the district governor, said on Friday.
No group has claimed responsibility for the cold-blood murder. However, Hedayat stated that the terrorists affiliated with the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group perpetrated the killings.
This is while Ghazni’s deputy governor held Taliban terrorists accountable for the beheadings, saying they had proposed to swap the victims with the militants held by the Afghan government.
“Their demands were not met so they beheaded the Hazaras,” Mohammad Ali Ahmadi stated.
The victims were reportedly abducted on Wednesday in Ghazni while they were on errands outside their home district.
Back in February, masked gunmen kidnapped 31 Shia Hazaras as they were traveling aboard two buses on the road between Kabul and the western city of Herat.
On April 6, Afghan authorities recovered the dead bodies of two of the hostages in the southern province of Zabul.
The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed Taliban from power, but insecurity still remains in some provinces.
The US-led combat mission in Afghanistan ended on December 31, 2014. However, at least 13,500 foreign forces, mainly from the US, have remained in the country in what Washington calls a support mission.
NATO says the forces will focus mainly on counterterrorism operations and training Afghan soldiers and policemen.