Sar-e-pul: The Taliban released 235 villagers held after the insurgents captured a village in the northern Afghan province of Sar-e Pul, but the government faced growing pressure over why it had taken so long for security forces to arrive in the area.
Zabihullah Amani, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said the fighters, who included foreign militants, attacked a security outpost in the Mirza Olang area of Sayaad district overnight, torching 30 houses.
Read the whole story from AFP via Business Insider. The victims were mostly Shia Muslims and minority Hazaras.
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"They were killed in a brutal, inhumane way", he said. Afghan News Agency on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook. In the first half of the year 1,662 civilians were killed and 3,581 injured, according to United Nations figures.
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The battle began on Thursday when a checkpoint manned by the local police was attacked.
The Taliban confirmed capturing Mirza Olang but said it did so alone. An Afghan security source told AFP there had been around three incidents in the past where fighters from both groups had teamed up to deal a blow to Afghan forces in certain areas. It has also denied killing civilians.
Wahdat says Afghan forces retreated form the area after they couldn't gain ground or air support from the central government.
Sediq Sediqi, a spokesman for the Afghan government, told AFP it was hard to know how many civilians were killed or captured, but said "President Ashraf Ghani has instructed everyone to do everything to safeguard those people".
"Since the villages are cut off, we can't confirm any new killings by the terrorists", Amani said.
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