Afghanistan: Taliban 'tortured and massacred' 9 men from minority community in July - Amnesty International reveals

Afghanistan: Taliban 'tortured and massacred' 9 men from minority community in July - Amnesty International reveals



Human rights group, Amnesty International has revealed that the Taliban "massacred" and brutally tortured several members of the Hazara minority in Afghanistan, in July.


The Hazara community is Afghanistan's third largest ethnic group.


They mainly practise Shia Islam and have faced long-term discrimination and persecution in predominantly Sunni Afghanistan and Pakistan.



According to AI, witnesses have given harrowing accounts of the killings, which took place in early July in Ghazni province.



This comes after Taliban tried to portray a more restrained image, taking over the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday August 15 .



The Taliban have promised blanket amnesty and said they won't retaliate or carry out retributions.



Amnesty International in its statement revealed that the incident was a "horrifying indicator" of Taliban rule.



In the report published on Thursday, August 19, Amnesty said the nine Hazara men were killed between 4 and 6 July in Malistan district in the eastern Ghazni province.



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