A new report has unveiled the horrific criminal activities of the Taliban group in the northern Kunduz city confirming earlier reports regarding the group’s atrocities after the strategic city was was overrun following an attack late last month,
The report by Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) was released on Thursday unveiling the atrocities committed by the Taliban militants including target killings, rape, kidnappings, use of civilians as shields, looting of public and private properties.
It also covers the situation of internally displaced people, attack on media and Taliban threats to media, human rights and civil society activists.
Citing one of its findings on target killings the report said at leas three civilians were brutally murdered after they were taken out from their house on charges of having links with the government.
The report further added at least 50 civilians were killed and over 350 others were wounded but the number could be relatively higher as AIHRC said their statistics is based on hospital reports and several others have not been taken to hospital after they were killed or injured.
In regards to the rape cases, AIHRC said they have came across with some evidences and testimonies unveiling the involvement of Taliban militants in rape cases as reported by organizations and media.
According to the report, the Taliban militants have raped women after entering in their houses but the exact number of victims could not be ascertained as majority of the incidents remain unreported due to social and cultural issues and lack of access to the victims due to security reasons.
However, AIHRC said a detailed report regarding the rape incidents would be released once their investigation concludes.
The Taliban militants abducted over 100 people including civilians and service members of the security institutions after they took control of the city, the report said, adding that some of them were released after they were questioned while the others have been taken to unknown locations.
The report also added that Taliban militants have looted at least six government institutions along with the UNHCR office, provincial government office, banks, and shops, while the UNAMA office was set on fire.
According to the report, the conflict forced nearly 14,000 families to flee the area, affecting nearly 70,000 to 100,000 people.