Taliban's Massacre of Passengers Sparks Outrage


Thousands of protestors flocked to the streets of Kabul and Badakhshan provinces on Thursday to express their outrage over the recent killing of several bus passengers by Taliban militants.

The incident occurred on Tuesday on the Kunduz-Baghlan highway.

Protestors in Kabul who staged the demonstration at the call of Green Trend strongly condemned the Taliban for the murders and called on government to explain its policy on the new Taliban leader.

“We are here to express our hatred and resentment against a terrorist group known as Taliban,” protestor Nasir Ahmad Farahmand said.

“If they (government) can not maintain law and order in society and can not describe the friend and foe, then what does government want from the nation,” a member of Green Trend, Mahmood Akbari said.‎

“The purpose of our participation is to seek justice for those who were killed and taken hostage on Kunduz-Baghlan highway,” another protester Mashallah Harakat said.

In the northern regions, hundreds of protesters poured on to the streets in Faizabad city, the center of Badakhshan province, to denounce the act of violence against the innocent civilians. Protesters called on government to take swift action and serve justice on the perpetrators who planned the act of terrorism against the passengers.

“People must unite with the security forces and seek revenge of the blood of our civilians from the Taliban,” a resident of Badakhshan Ziauddin Wasiq said.

“We want the government to clarify its confusing policy toward the Taliban after Mansour and the recent crime which has been committed from the address of Hibatullah Akhundzada, the government must act and declare Hibatullah and his party as a terrorist organization to the United Nations,” a protestor in Badakhshan, Mohammad Osman Sayedkhaili said.

Meanwhile, The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a statement Thursday it is deeply concerned at the spate of abductions, hostage-taking and summary executions carried out in recent days against passengers travelling in civilian vehicles.

Two incidents of mass kidnappings have taken place since Tuesday.

In the first incident, armed Taliban fighters stopped a number of busses on the Kunduz-Baghlan highway in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Insurgents executed 10 men from a group of nearly 200 men, women and children. The bulk of the hostages were freed but ten remained. Insurgents subsequently beheaded two of the eight.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah has also condemned the Taliban for carrying out the brutal crime against the passengers.

“No one is supposed to gain something from the killing of innocents, the act of oppression which was committed against the civilians in Kunduz deserves strong condemnation, because the act is an act of crime and repression,” Abdullah said.

Protesters warned that if the government fails to secure the people, there will not an option for the people except to act against the terrorists.

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