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Rights group: Taliban illegally kill 13 ethnic Hazaras

A prominent rights group claimed Tuesday that Taliban forces had unlawfully killed 13 ethnic Hazaras. Most of these were Afghan soldiers who surrendered to them.

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Rights group: Taliban illegally kill 13 ethnic Hazaras

According to Amnesty International, the killings occurred in Kahor, Daykundi Province in central Afghanistan, on Aug. 30. The victims included eleven members of Afghan national security forces, two civilians and one 17-year-old girl.

Two weeks after Taliban took control in Afghanistan, the Taliban claimed that they were responsible for the killings. This was just before their victory in Kabul. Taliban leaders tried to reassure Afghans at the time that they had improved from the harsh rule they had in place of late 1990s.

In Kabul, the Taliban announced Tuesday that they had arrested 11 members from the Islamic State group. This is a bitter rival of the insurgents. An affiliate of the Islamic State group, based in eastern Nangarhar province, has claimed responsibility for recent attacks on Taliban forces in eastern Afghanistan.

A Taliban spokesperson Bilal Karimi tweeted that the raid took place on Sunday night in Afghanistan's Fifth Police District. He did not provide any further information. He did not provide any further details. This raid occurred just hours after an attack on the Eid Gah Mosque, Kabul. At least five people were killed.

IS claimed responsibility for Monday's mosque attack, stating in a post on its media arm, Aamaq, that one of their suicide bombers had targeted senior Taliban figures after a mourning service.

Sunday's attack was the most deadly in Kabul since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan on August 31. IS claimed responsibility for the bombing at Kabul's airport on Aug. 26, which killed more than 169 Afghans, and 13 U.S. military personnel. This happened as thousands tried to flee Taliban rule.

The world is watching to see if the Taliban will live up the initial promises of inclusion and tolerance toward women and ethnic minorities. The international community has been dismayed by Taliban actions, including the reintroduction of restrictions on women and the appointment to an all-male government.

Around 9% of Afghanistan’s 36 million inhabitants are Hazaras. They are Shiite Muslims living in Sunni-majority countries and are frequently targeted.

Agnes Callamard (Amnesty's secretary-general) stated that "these cold blooded executions (of Hazaras), are further evidence that the Taliban are committing similar horrific abuses to which they were famous for during their previous regime in Afghanistan."

The Associated Press reached out to Zabihullah Mujahid, Karimi, but they did not return calls.

Rights group claimed that Sadiqullah Abed was the Taliban-appointed chief police officer for Daykundi. He denied any killings and said only that one member of the Taliban was injured in an attack on the province.

According to Amnesty, the Taliban took control in Daykundi on August 14. An estimated 34 ex-soldiers sought refuge in Khidir district. The soldiers, who were armed with weapons and military equipment from the government, agreed to surrender to Taliban.

Mohammad Azim Sedaqat was the leader of the surrender and arranged for the weapons to be decommissioned in the presence Taliban members.

According to Amnesty's report, 300 Taliban fighters entered a convoy near Dahani Qul village on Aug. 30. Some were with their families. The security forces tried to flee the area with their families when Taliban fighters surrounded them. One of the girls, Masuma, was killed by the gunfire. One soldier responded, shooting back and killing a Taliban fighter.

According to the report, the Taliban continued shooting as families fled. Two soldiers were killed by the Taliban. According to rights group, nine security forces surrendered to the Taliban, who took them to a river basin nearby and killed them.

Amnesty stated that it had verified photos and video evidence from the aftermath of the murders.

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