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Taliban prevents families of 8 men killed by its forces from protesting in Kabul

The Taliban has prevented the families of the 8 men the group killed in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province, on Wednesday, from gathering for a protest in Kabul.

The families had brought the bodies of the 8 men to Kabul to seek justice, but their gathering was broken up by the Taliban security forces in the Afghan capital.

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On Wednesday, the Taliban said that its forces had killed 8 “rebels and kidnappers” after a firefight in the city. 

But the families say the victims were employees of a construction company and former Afghan army soldiers who were killed unjustly. One of the victims, Abdul Khaliq Kochi, was a former soldier who worked as a construction worker.

The bodies were buried in Kabul on Friday.