Taliban insurgents beheaded 17 civilians, including two women, who were holding a party with music in a southern Afghanistan village, officials said Monday.
The atrocity drew immediate condemnation from the commander of NATO’s military force in Afghanistan, the United Nations, the U.S. and Britain.
“I can confirm that this is the work of the Taliban,” the Helmand provincial governor’s spokesman Daud Ahmadi told AFP, referring to Islamists notorious during their rule for public executions and the suppression of music and parties.
“Two women and 15 men were beheaded. They were partying with music in an area under the control of the Taliban,” he said.
Nematullah Khan, the Musa Qala district chief confirmed that the villagers had organized a party with music, and one local official said he suspected that the two women had been dancing.
After calling for an investigation, Afghan President Hamid Karzai had this to say:
"This attack shows that there are irresponsible members among the Taliban."
Irresponsible? That's it? Perhaps the word was lost in translation but hacking off the heads of 17 people is a tad more than irresponsible.
Sad to say, that country is a lost cause.