Militants gun down 14 passengers in Ghor

FIROZKOH (Pajhwok): Militants in western Ghor province disembarked 18 passengers from two vehicles on Ghor-Kabul Highway and gunned down 14 of them, provincial police chief said on Friday.

Brig. Gen. Ahmad Fahim Qaim told Pajhwok Afghan News the tragic incident took place in Badgah area on the outskirts of Ghor City, the provincial capital.

Dressed in Afghan National Army (ANA) uniform, the militants got the passengers off from the vehicles, dividing them in two groups and then shot the group of 14 persons.

Three women were among those killed, he said, adding that four persons were spared by militants. Most of the slain were labourers heading toward Kabul from Ghor.

He said police had started investigations into the incident. Gul Agha, who was lucky enough to survive the attack, said: “We were travelling in two passenger coaches. Militants stopped our vehicles on the main road and started searching us. Within no time, the rebels opened fire on us. I luckily survived in the gun fire.”

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.