Taliban detain former military officer and his brothers in Mazar-i-Sharif

Taliban intelligence agents in Mazar-i-Sharif have detained a former Afghan military officer and his two brothers.

A source identified the former officer as Mohammad Aziz, who, along with his brothers, had fled from their home province of Panjshir due to Taliban threats and were detained three days ago.

According to a source in Panjshir, Mohammad Aziz and his brothers had no connections to any anti-Taliban groups, including the National Resistance Front (NRF) which is engaged in guerrilla fighting against the Taliban in Panjshir and neighbouring provinces.

Mohammad Aziz’s brothers, the source added, had recently graduated from high school.

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Since regaining power in August 2021, the Taliban have frequently arrested, tortured, and even killed former Afghan security forces, despite the general amnesty declared by the group’s leader, Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, shortly after they recaptured Kabul.

In another recent case, the Taliban arrested a father and his son who were former police officers and natives of Panjshir on the 25th of February in the capital, Kabul.

A former police officer was found shot dead on Saturday in Asadabad, the capital city of the eastern Kunar province.