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Taliban killed former military officer in Kapisa for links with NRF

Local sources have told KabulNow that Taliban forces killed a former military officer in the eastern Kapisa province for alleged links with the National Resistance Front (NRF), an anti-Taliban armed group.

According to the sources, Taliban gunmen took the officer, identified as Akbar Jurrat, to an unknown location after storming his home on Thursday night.

A day later, the Taliban handed over Jurrat’s body to his family.

Sources said that he was tortured before being shot and killed.

Jurrat hailed from Ali Khel village of Mahmood Raqi city, situated in the center of Kapisa province. He served as a military officer in Helmand province under the previous government.

Taliban authorities had detained the military officer several times earlier and in one instance he spent a year in Taliban custody, sources revealed, saying that the Taliban had accused him of “supporting the NRF.”

Led by Ahmad Massoud, son of the late jihadi commander Ahmad Shah Masoud, the NRF is mainly formed of former security forces who fought the Taliban before their seizure of power. The group has been carrying out guerilla attacks against Taliban members in several provinces, mainly in the north.

A recent report by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) documented at least 800 cases of human rights abuses—including extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and detentions, and torture and ill-treatment—against the former army, police, and intelligence forces between August 15, 2021, and June 2023.

The Taliban forces have extrajudicially killed more than 200 former security forces and ex-officials during this time, the report said.