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17 Afghan civilians killed in Taliban dispute

Last modified: 27 Aug 2012 17:26

A group of 17 Afghan civilians - 15 men and two women - have been killed in southern Afghanistan.

Despite initial reports that the civilians in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province were beheaded for attending a mixed-gender party, provincial government sources have told Al Jazeera that the 17 civilians were killed after a dispute arose between two Taliban commanders over the two women.

A statement issued by the office of Mohammad Gulab Mangal, provincial governor, said:

As a result of the Two Talib commander’s clash 15 innocent[s] were killed ... After the killing of the civilians the commanders [also] killed the two women for whom the Talib commanders fought with each other.

For more detail and context, read our news story - Afghan civilians killed in 'clashes'