- Gunmen pretending to be Taliban fighters opened fire at a wedding in Nangarhar, Afghanistan.
- The attackers reportedly disputed the fact that the wedding party played music, killed guests and smashed instruments.
- During the first Taliban rule, music was considered un-Islamic and prohibited.
At least two people were killed and ten injured after gunmen turned up as the Taliban opened fire at a wedding in western Afghanistan, local media reported. TOLO News.
The incident allegedly took place after the attackers objected to the music being played at the wedding.
“I told them they were young, let them play the music, but they dragged me back and opened fire, some of the boys were injured and two more were killed,” Noor Hazrat said. , a family member of the victims, to TOLO News. .
The family said they believed the men were coming from a local checkpoint in Marghondai village, Nangarhar province.
A witness also told the media that the attackers broke musical instruments.
“It was near midnight. Three people entered the house. One of them broke the musical instruments and then came out and opened fire on about 50 people,” Bassir said.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the attackers were unrelated to the group and were acting out of a “personal feud”. The Guardian reported.
“Yesterday evening, at the wedding of Haji Malang Jan in Shamspur Mar Ghundi village of Nangarhar, three people who presented themselves as Taliban entered the proceedings and [asked] let the music stop, “Mujahid said, according to the newspaper.
“Two suspects have been arrested by the Taliban in connection with the incident and one who escaped is still being prosecuted,” he said.
“The captured perpetrators of the incident, who used the name of the Islamic Emirate to carry out their personal feud, have been handed over to face Sharia law.”
During the Taliban’s first reign, the group banned music, deeming it un-Islamic. Although they have yet to implement a ban this time around, Zabihullah Mujahid said the group hopes to “persuade people” not to play music.