AfghanistanSelf-proclaimed Taliban gunmen opened fire at a wedding in Nangarhar province to stop the music, killing at least three people.
On October 30, Taliban government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said: “At the wedding of Haji Malang Jan last night in Shamspur Mar Ghundi village, three self-proclaimed Taliban entered and demanded to stop playing music.” “The shooting caused at least three incidents. People died and many others were injured.”
Mujahid denied that the gunmen acted on behalf of the Taliban. The two suspects have been captured by the Taliban and are looking for a fugitive.
“The perpetrators are caught and will face Sharia law. They use the name of the emirate to retaliate personally,” Mujahid added.
The spokesperson of the governor of Nangarhar Province, Qazi Mullah Adel, confirmed the incident but did not provide details. Relatives of the victim said the attacker opened fire while playing music.
“A group of young people were playing music in a private room, and three Taliban soldiers came and opened fire on them. Two of them were seriously injured,” the witness said.
When the Taliban controlled Afghanistan more than 20 years ago, music was banned. The new government has not issued a music ban, but it is said that the leadership is still upset about the use of music in the entertainment industry and believes it violates Islamic law.
“In the ranks of the emirates, no one has the right to prohibit anyone from using music or anything and can only try to persuade them. This is the main measure,” Mujahid said in a press conference before. “If someone kills, even if they are our soldiers, it is a crime. We will take them to court and face the law.”
When the Taliban controlled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, the Taliban strictly enforced the Islamic Sharia law and severely punished them publicly. However, since returning to power in mid-August, the Taliban have been trying to create a more moderate image, seeking international recognition and ending sanctions.
Xuan Le (follow guardian)