Allegations that the Taliban killed detainees in the Panjshir province of northern Afghanistan appear “credible,” according to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

Monday, September 19, a UNAMA post on its official Facebook page indicated that the UN agency was following and monitoring the developments in Panjshir, the birthplace of the National Resistance Front (NRF), a group that opposes the Taliban.

The UNAMA statement pushes the Taliban to conduct its investigations transparently and calls for those responsible for the atrocities to be prosecuted and perpetrators to face consequences.

The UNAMA statement comes as videos of NRF members being shot have been widely circulating on social media.

Some international organizations have denounced this action and labeled it a war crime, despite the independent authorities have not confirmed the veracity of these videos.

According to the Taliban Ministry of Defense, the ministry is investigating these recordings and if it is established that they come from Panjshir and are new, those responsible will be handed over to the respective authorities.

While both the Taliban and NRF, previously, claimed to have inflicted casualties on the other side of the conflict, the Taliban spokesman, however, informed the BBC that the deaths occurred on the battlefield and refuted reports of summary killings and the killing of detainees.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).