Afghan officials claimed the Taliban was responsible for the mass killings of more than 40 civilians including children and women in Mirza Olang area of Sayad district. However, the Taliban in a statement denied the claims.
“The enemies of Islam and Afghanistan were behind the Mirza Olang massacre and [the incident] indicates that the enemies of the country have no boundaries,” Ghani said, while addressing a gathering in the Presidential Palace on Tuesday.
The President believes the insurgent groups have been defeated and therefore targeting civilians across the country.
“The crime committed by [the insurgents] in Mirza Olang, is a fresh example of change in war tactic as we have witnessed similar incidents in Kabul, Herat and Ghor,” Ghani said.
The President went on to say that the incident in Jawadia Mosque of Herat was his worst memories in recent times where at least 34 people were killed including father of Fatima Qaderian, a member of Afghan Robotics team.
President Ghani’s remarks come as NATO considers the situation in Sar-i-Pul worrying.
By Ali Azghari and Shakib Mahmud