The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Saturday condemned the killing of 15 civilians, including three women, in western Ghor province.
In the early hours of Friday, two unrelated buses transporting civilians were stopped by armed men. Passengers of the first vehicle were ordered to step out. Most were then lined up and shot.
Minutes later, a second vehicle was also searched and two civilian passengers allegedly shot dead. The remaining passengers were released.
“The killing of civilians by an armed group is deeply troubling, especially when Afghans nationwide are preparing to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with their families,” said the acting head of UNAMA.
Nicholas Haysom said in a statement: “Afghans should be able to celebrate in peace, and such attacks must cease at once.” The UN mission called for a prompt and thorough investigation into the killings and expressed its condolences to the families of the victims.