War-plagued Afghanistan’s poor security situation continues on its downward trajectory with no prospects in sight for improvement. Over the weekend, dozens of civilians, many of them Shiite Muslims, were massacred in a remote village in northern Afghanistan. Such attacks are not uncommon in the country, but what drew attention this time round was the accusation by Afghan authorities that fighters allied with the Taliban and the self-styled “Islamic State” (IS) terror groups jointly conducted these attacks. The fighters killed more than 50 men, women and children in the remote Sayad district of northern Sar-e Pul province on Saturday after overrunning the Afghan Local Police (ALP) – a government-backed militia – in a 48-hour battle, according to local officials. “The lucky ones were able to flee the village but most of them have lost relatives, children or people they knew,” one resident of Sar-e Pul who provided shelter to the displaced victims of the Mirza Olang village and preferred to remain anonymous told DW. “Their stories are heartbreaking. The Taliban have killed as many as they could after taking control of the village. Almost all the victims are Shiite Muslims,” he added. Watch video 03:15 People in Kabul live with danger… Read full this story
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