Afghans protest DAESH beheading seven people

DAESH allegedly beheads 7 people including 3 women and 2 children and thousands of Afghans gather for demonstrations

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Thousands protest in Afghanistan after DAESH beheads of seven Hazara ethnic minorities

Updated Nov 13, 2015

Thousands of Afghans demonstrated in the Afghanistan's capital Kabul after DAESH allegedly beheaded seven people, including three women and two children.

The seven people beheaded are from the Hazara ethnic group. They have been held hostage by DAESH for a month in Arghandab district of Zabul province after being abducted from the Ghazni province.

The bodies of the victims were founded by the Taliban and they handed them to Tribal elders on Saturday.

The protesters are from different Afghan ethnic groups, including Pashtun, Tajik, Uzbek and Hazara. Their aim was to urge the Afghan government to take some measurments to save civilians from the escalated violence by DAESH against civilians.

"There are thousands of people here and the number is expected to increase,” Kabul Police Chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi told Al Jazeera.

Afghan police shot fire in the air to disperse protesters as they were approaching the presidential palace, and media showed protesters throwing stones.

The Afghan government announced Wednesday as a national day of mourning for the beheading.

"We will continue to fight for the safety of our family," civil rights activist Shahzaman Hashemi told Al Jazeera.

"This is our right to feel safe. Whatever happened to those women and children can happen to us as well."

The Hazara's have long suffered oppression and persecution in Afghanistan. During the 1990s, thousands were killed by Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

DAESH emerged in Afghanistan late last year, but its confirmed presence in southern Afghanistan is dated to be since January 2015.

However, both the Taliban and DAESH are to blame for the beheadings, since both  groups are active in  southern Afghanistan.

Confrontations between the two armed groups erupted on Sunday in southern Afghanistan, resulting in the death to at least 50 militants from both sides.

In December, NATO’s combat mission formally ended, however, a small foreign force of about 12,500, mainly US troops, stayed in the country to train local security forces.

Afghan authorities have repeatedly tried to start talks with the Taliban to end the 13-year conflict between the group and the government. But the Taliban has stipulated conditions, including the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Afghanistan.

TRTWorld and agencies