Kabul: The headless bodies of 11 Afghan
civilians allegedly decapitated by Taliban insurgents have
been found in central Afghanistan, police said on Friday.
The bodies were found late yesterday in the Khas
Uruzgan district of rural Uruzgan province, Mohammad Gulab,
the provincial criminal investigation police chief, said to a news agency.
"Eleven civilians were found beheaded late yesterday,"
he said, blaming Taliban insurgents.
The Taliban have made no comment.
Taliban occasionally behead people they accuse of
"spying" for the Afghan government and foreign forces in the
country fighting to quell the insurgency now well into its
The radical organisation earned a reputation for
barbarity during nearly six years ruling Afghanistan with
punishments that included death by stoning and amputation of
hands and feet for even minor crimes.
The regime was overthrown in a US-led invasion in late
2001, quickly regrouping to launch their war, which has drawn
more than 140,000 NATO and US troops into Afghanistan, set to
peak by August at 150,000.