FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): The Taliban reopened the grave of an Afghan army soldier hours after his burial and dragged the body with a rope for one hour and punished participants of his funeral in northeastern Badakhshan province, local officials said on Tuesday.
Ghulam Saeed, the administrative chief for Raghistan district where the incident happened, said the slain soldier hailed from Braqshoud village of Raghistan. He was killed during a clash with Taliban in Sangin district of southern Helmand province. His body was transferred here and buried on Monday at his locality.
The Taliban who were not present during the burial, became aware after six hours and they came and reopened the grave, fastened a rope around the foot of the body and dragged it for almost one hour, he said.
He said the Taliban also punished almost 75 residents who took part in the funeral and burial of the slain soldier by forcing them to stand bare feet in cold.
Mohammad Arif, a cousin of the slain soldier, said: “The Taliban brutal behavior with the body was against human and Islamic values. They beat me hard for burying my cousin. I am feeling pain in my legs and back due to the torture,” he said.
Mahboob Rahman Talat, a member of the provincial council, confirmed the incident and added the Taliban pulled out the soldier’s body from his grave and took away tens of residents with them.
He added residents had been beaten by Taliban and there was no information about the body and the residents.
Deputy police chief Col. Syed Hahangir Karamat also confirmed the incident and added the village where the incident occurred was in Taliban control and there was no information about the whereabouts of the missing people.
(Report By: Gul Mohammad Tanha)