Local authorities in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan on Wednesday revealed the facts behind the beheading of 17 Aghan civilians including 2 women by Taliban militants in Kajaki district in this province.

Helmand provincial governor media office following a statement announced that individuals involved behind the beheading of 17 Afghan civilians have been recongized by local intelligence officials.

Taliban militants on Sunday beheaded 17 Afghan civilians including 2 women in Kajaki district at Roshanabad area.

Based on the preliminary investigation reports the civilians were beheaded by Taliban militants due to the participation of men and women in a musical party however local officials today said that the civilians were killed due to insider problems among the two prominent Taliban leaders.

The statement issued by Helmand provincial governor media office said Mullah Abdul Bari district chief of the Taliban group and a senior Taliban leader ordered to behead the 17 Afghan civilians.

According to reports the two Taliban commanders had illicit relations with the two women however provincial governor media office did not comment in this regard.

The local residents were arrested and imprisoned by the local villagers to prevent the futher broadcast of the issue.

Local officials said Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Bari district chief of the Taliban group ordered his commanders to behead the two women along with the imprisoned villagers.

Local intelligence officials said Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Bari had given the order to hide the issue and punish the local villagers.

The two Taliban commanders who slaughtered the local villagers were recognized as Mullah Syed Gul and Mullah Wali Mohmmad however it is yet not clear if the two Taliban commanders have been arrested or not.

The incident took place in Sarkali village in Dasht-e-Roshan area at Kajaki district.

The source further added two Taliban commanders recognized as Mullah Syed Gul and Mullah Wali Mohammad had issues among themselves over the two women and the local residents contacted the office of the two Taliban commanders to resolve the issue.

Beheading of the civilians were strongly condemned by Afghan president Hamid Karzai and rights organizations in the country.

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