Unknown gunmen killed eight members of one family in eastern Nangarhar province on Sunday night, local officials confirmed Monday.
According to officials, the incident occurred in Mirza Qala village in Behsood district.
So far no one has been arrested in connection with the incident but police have started their investigations.
One survivor said eight members of his family were killed by three men who had been staying with them at the time.
The head of the family, Yusuf, his mother, his wife and five children were all killed, said the survivor Parwiz.
According to him: “Among the dead are my nieces, sister and brother-in-law. They were killed by three men who were guests in the house. These men fled after the shooting.”
Meanwhile a tribal elder from the village, Malik Nemat, said: “The incident happened during the night and we heard the news this morning. We quickly informed the security forces.”
Local officials said the police have started investigations.
Attaullah Khogyani, a provincial governor’s spokesman, said: “The police have visited the scene but so far no one has been arrested but police are looking for the murderers.”
However, the survivors have called on government to ensure justice is carried out.