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Mysterious Murder in Daikundi: A Glimpse into the Taliban's Reign of Terror

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Saboor Bayat
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Mysterious Murder in Daikundi: A Glimpse into the Taliban's Reign of Terror

On a chilling Sunday evening, 28 Aqrab, the town of Nili, Daikundi Province, was shaken by the cold-blooded murder of former military official, Mohammad Dawood Wahdat. A man of prominence, Wahdat served as the Supply Manager for the Police Command under the former government and was an active figure in the Taliban's intelligence administration post their takeover. The murderer, yet to be identified, lured Wahdat outside his home through a deceptive phone call before firing the fatal shots. The silence from the Taliban's security officials on this case is deafening, exacerbating the prevailing atmosphere of fear and uncertainty.

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The Shadow of Suspicions

The Taliban has been under the scanner for repeated accusations of murdering former government military personnel. Their rise to power has been marked by a blood-stained trail of arrests, torture, and killings of several former government soldiers. The murder of a former government army soldier, Mahbullah, in the Bajgal Valley area of Doab district on 6 Aqrab, is a recent testament to this disturbing trend.

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A Deadly Raid and Its Aftermath

Apart from the targeted killings, the Taliban's violent raids have also been a cause of concern. Last month, on November 25, a raid in Afghanistan's central province of Daikundi resulted in numerous deaths. The Taliban's forces claimed to have targeted armed rebels in a village outside the provincial capital Nilli. However, locals and survivors paint a grim picture of the incident, claiming that the victims included civilians and children. They demand an independent investigation into the killings, a call echoed by the United Nations Assistance Mission In Afghanistan (UNAMA).

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Forced Evictions: A Disturbing Pattern

Accusations against the Taliban extend beyond targeted killings. The group has been implicated in the forced evictions of over 1,000 people in northern Afghanistan, predominantly members of the ethnic Uzbek and Turkmen communities. Rights groups suggest these forced displacements are a ploy to distribute land to Taliban supporters and punish communities who backed the former government. The grim tales of hundreds of Shi'ite Hazara families being expelled from their homes and farms in five provinces underscores this disturbing reality.

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