Reports say the death toll from a Taliban attack on a remote Shia village in northern Afghanistan has risen to 60.
The civilians, including women and children, were massacred during an attack on the Mirza Olang Village in the northern Sar-e Pol Province overnight Sunday. A number of Afghan security forces were also among the dead.
Fierce fighting began in the area on Thursday when militants, reportedly including foreign nationals, seized a checkpoint manned by local police. Two days later, they entered the village and killed civilians in “a brutal, inhumane way,” according to a provincial spokesman Zabihullah Amani.
Shia Rights Watch has condemned the attack stating that the Takfiri thought committed a terrible massacre against the Shias in Afghanistan, noting that these groups killed in cold blood dozens of children, women and the elderlies.