Taliban shot dead seven civilians in Balkh

The Taliban militants have shot dead seven civilians in Shulgara district of the northern Balkh province, according to local security officials.

Adel Shah Adel, spokesman for Balkh police chief, told Kabul Now that the incident took place on Tuesday, April 07, in Jerhaye Nahr-e-Surkh village of the district. He detailed that the Taliban had shot the civilians dead after abducting them.

Mr. Adel confirmed that police forces found dead bodies of the victims today, Wednesday, April 08, in the area.

According to the local official, a child was wounded at the scene while the militants opened fire.

The Taliban, however, have not commented on incident so far.

Balkh is a relatively insecure province in north of Afghanistan. The Taliban militants maintain active presence in some districts of the province.

Three stockbreeders were reportedly killed as the result of roadside bomb explosion in Chamtal district of the province.

On Tuesday, April 07, the Taliban militants attacked on villages in Dara-e-Suf-e-Bala district of the northern Samangan province. Locals pushed them back and killed 15 of them.

The clashes come while the Taliban leaders are trying to reach a political settlement with the Afghan government. The tow sides have already started talks on prisoner swap. Some sources, however, say that the talks have collapsed.