Ghani condemns execution of passengers, vows severe punishment for perpetrators

Kunduz-passengers-killed_censoredAFGHANISTAN: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has strongly condemned the execution of passengers by the Taliban militants after 185 of them were kidnapped in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Calling the execution of innocent civilians an act of treachery, President Ghani said the bandits are committing such crimes, criticizing the Taliban leader for the lack of information regarding the religion of Islam and its principles despite claiming he is a religious scholar.

President Ghani further added that the bandits deserve the harshest pumishments in accordance with the religion, law and traditions of the country, insisting that the perpetrators would not be able to escape and would be tried for their criminal act.

He said the atrocity has been committed in collusion with the foreign terrorists to achieve the targets of the outsiders in killing the innocent Afghan civilians.

The Afghan security forces have managed to rescue at least 10 abducted passengers so far and it is believed at least of them are still in Taliban’s custody.

The Taliban militants kidnapped at least 185 passengers by establishing a check post in Kunduz province around 2 am on Tuesday.

The group released the majority of the passengers and reportedly executed at least 17 passengers accusing them of working for the Afghan security institutions. -KP

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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