SHAFAQNA- The recent massacre of civilians in a Shia village in Afghanistan was a war crime and a case of systematic ethnic cleansing, said the head of an Afghan news agency, Atlas.
Last weekend, militants killed dozens of civilians, mostly Shia Hazaras, in a brutal, inhumane way after attacking the Mirzawalang village in a remote area of Afghanistan’s northern province of Sar-e Pul.
The militants raided a security outpost in the area of Sayaad District in Sar-e Pul overnight Sunday, August 6.
During the raid, the militants set fire to several mosques, torched at least 30 houses, beheaded a number of villagers and shot dozens of others dead.
The raid was reportedly carried out jointly by both Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) and Taliban terrorist groups.
Speaking to IQNA about the incident, Seyed Ahmad Mousavi Mobaleg, the managing director of Atlas news agency, described the massacre as a war crime, as most of those killed were women, the elderly and children and also a stark example of ethnic cleansing, since the killing targeted a specific group of people, namely Shias.
He said Takfiri terrorist groups, especially Daesh, bear a grudge against the teachings of Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS) and always enjoy killing Shia Muslims, let alone after successive defeats.
Terrorist groups followed two objectives with the atrocious massacre in Mirzawalang, he said. “First, taking revenge on Shias because of their successive defeats in the face of the people’s resistance and second, intimidating people in other areas to dissuade them from showing any resistance.”
Mousavi Mobaleg warned that if the terrorists are not confronted and their advances in Mirzawalang are not stopped, not only Shias but also Sunnis will face troubles.
He further criticized the Afghan government and foreign forces present in Afghanistan for their silence over the tragic incident in Mirzawalang, regretting that one week after the carnage, they have still not done much to counter the terrorists in the area.
No international organization has yet issued a statement about the bloodbath in Mirzawalang, either, he deplored.
Afghanistan is still grappling with violence well over a decade after the US and its allies invaded the country as part of the so-called war on terror.
The invasion removed the Taliban from power, but has failed to stop the militancy.
Taking advantage of the chaos, the Daesh terror group, which is mainly based in the Middle East, has managed to establish a foothold in some eastern areas of Afghanistan.