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Militants Kidnap 17 Members Of Afghanistan’S Hazara Community

Taliban Kidnap 19 De-miners in Eastern Afghanistan

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Gunmen birth kidnapped 17 members of Afghanistan’s Hazara community, officials aforementioned on Thursday, the up-to-the-minute incidental involving members of the Shi’ite Muslim nonage highlight the peril of sectary wildness. The men were abducted on Wednesday afternoon from a bus in the northerly responsibility of Sar-i-Pul, with officials blaming Taliban militants. "The passengers, all our Hazara brothers, were travel towards the metropolis gist when their van was stopped-up by the Taliban and interpreted by," aforesaid Zabihullah Amani, spokesman for the bucolic regulator. "We let launched an performance to disengage them but it didn’t assistant, so now the elders are nerve-racking to disengage them," Amani added, referring to hamlet leadership. Mohammad Noor Rahmani, caput of the peasant council, aforesaid the snatch happened a day aft a Taliban commandant in the ar was detained by Afghan forces during a skirmish. "The Taliban may get abducted the passengers to rally them with their local commandant," Rahmani aforementioned.

A serial of kidnappings against the chiefly Shi’ite heathenish Hazaras close twelvemonth fuelled fears that the community was existence targeted in a commonwealth farseeing shared by heathenish and political rivalries. The Taliban were responsible the batch sidesplitting of Hazaras in the Nineties but the militants, combat to expel the Western-backed governance of Chair Ashraf Ghani, get mostly avoided targeting Shi’ite Muslims terminated late eld. A ascension in Afghanistan in the issue of militants claiming fealty to the Islamic Commonwealth, a hardline Sunni cause that emphasises purge Shi’ites, and is a touch to the Taliban, may vary that. (Reportage by Abdul Matin Sahak; Composition by Hamid Shalizi; Redaction by Robert Birsel)

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