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Taliban on a killing spree, says UN, but group says it’s ...

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Taliban on a killing spree, says UN, but group says it’s defending itself

UN says more than 100 people have died, but Taliban says there might be 15 to 20 cases due to ‘personal enmity’

Philip J. Heijmans and Eltaf Najafizada

The Taliban has killed dozens of former Afghan officials, security forces and individuals who worked with international troops since the militant group took over the country in mid-August, Associated Press reported, citing a UN report.

Of the more than 100 killings identified by UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres in a report obtained by the news agency on Sunday, more than two thirds were committed extrajudicially by the Taliban and affiliates, despite a general amnesty. 

The UN report is “baseless and untrue”, Taliban deputy spokesperson Bilal Karimi said. “There might have been some 15 to 20 cases of killings nationwide that were only due to personal enmity,” he said. “The perpetrators do not represent us. They have been detained and are now in custody.”..

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