International Human Rights Watchdog has expressed concern over the execution of hundreds of people who had previously worked with the Afghan government.

Though denied by the Taliban but sources in Spin Boldak district of southern Kandahar province have told HRW that the Taliban have detained hundreds of government employees and Afghan security members and then killed them.

As per the local sources, the Taliban have detained over three hundred people in an unidentified location.

“There are grave concerns that Taliban forces in Kandahar may commit further atrocities to retaliate against the government and security forces,” said Patricia Gossman associate Asia director at Human Rights Watch. 

Local activists in Kandahar province have told HRW that the Taliban have also registered former ANDSF members to guarantee their safety and to report to the Taliban later once a month.

International Criminal Court is currently investigating the war crimes and atrocities carried out by either side in Afghanistan.

Asia director at Human Rights Watch Patricia Gossman meanwhile asked the US, UK, and other countries engaged in the peace process of Afghanistan to call on the Taliban to stop killings as such and other abuses.

The Taliban toppled Spin Boldak crossing with Pakistan on July 8, 2021, and took the district eight days later.


  • Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.