Suspected Islamic State militants killed around 30 civilians, including children in the remote Afghan province of Ghor in revenge for the death of one of their commanders.
The incident took place on late Tuesday north of the provincial capital Firoz Koh. The dead bodies were found by local police this morning.
The governor spokesperson, Abdul Hai Khatibi said, “Afghan police killed a Daesh commander in Ghor province during an operation yesterday but Daesh fighters abducted some 30 civilians from near the provincial capital and shot them all dead in revenge.”
There’s no official claim of responsibility from the group. The governor said that the killings followed an attack by militants near Feroz Koh, the provincial capital, on Tuesday.
Ghor, in central-western Afghanistan, has not been known as a major center for Islamic State, which has been concentrated in the eastern state of Nangarhar.