Earlier this week, Daesh militants killed around thirty civilians who had been abducted while they searched for firewood in the mountains in Ghor. It is believed they were killed in revenge for the death of a Daesh commander.

From Reuters

Islamic State kills dozens of civilians in Afghanistan: official

“Afghan police killed a Daesh commander in Ghor province during an operation yesterday but Daesh fighters abducted some 30 civilians from near the provincial capital and shot them all dead in revenge,” said Abdul Hai Khatibi, a spokesman for the governor, using a name commonly given to Islamic State.

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From the BBC

IS in Afghanistan ‘kills 30 abducted civilians’

The civilians, along with two flocks of sheep, were taken as they collected firewood in the mountains.

An IS commander was killed by police trying to free them, and the militants killed the civilians in revenge, Ghor Governor Nasir Khazeh told the BBC.

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From the UN

UN mission ‘outraged’ at killing of hostages in central Afghanistan

According to the Mission, the assailants deliberately shot and killed the civilians – all men – in the Ghalmin area of Chaghcharan district in Ghor, a province in central Afghanistan. Those killed were among a group of individuals who were taken hostage, earlier the same day, while collecting firewood in the Kasi area of Firozokh, also in Ghor province.

Attributing reports, UNAMA said that the killings could have been in retaliation for the death of a commander of that armed group in fighting with Afghan National Security Forces.

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