Taliban Beheads 17 Afghan Civilians

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in southern Afghanistan say Taliban insurgents have beheaded 17 Afghan civilians.

Authorities in Helmand province say the militants killed the 15 men and two women in Musa Qala district late Sunday because the group had organized a mixed-sex party with music and dancing – activities the Taliban disapproves.

Hours after the beheadings, Taliban insurgents overran an Afghan military post in Helmand's Washir district in a pre-dawn attack, killing 10 Afghan troops.

A local government spokesman said four soldiers were wounded in the attack. He said five troops left with the Taliban. It was not immediately clear if the ones who went with the Taliban were kidnapped or went voluntarily.

Meanwhile, in eastern Afghanistan, NATO officials say an Afghan National Army soldier turned his weapon on two of the coalition's service members, killing them. NATO says its troops returned fire, killing the soldier.

The attack in Laghman province is the latest in a string of insider attacks this year, damaging trust between the two allies.