21 August 2017

News Story: 36 killed by Taliban, IS in northern Afghanistan in early August

KABUL, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has confirmed that at least 36 people, including civilians, have been killed by Taliban and Islamic State (IS) attacks in Mirza Olang district of Sari Pul province between Aug. 3 and Aug. 5, said a report of the entity released on Sunday.

"UNAMA verified allegations that Taliban and local self-proclaimed Islamic State fighters killed at least 36 persons, including civilians and person hors de combat (out of the fight; disabled; no longer able to fight - Dictionary.com), during the attack on Mirza Olang," the report said, adding that at least half of the killings took place on Aug. 5 when anti-government elements stopped families trying to escape the village.

According to the report, militants had separated women and young children, and killed at least 18 people, both civilians and pro-government militia who were hors de combat at the time of their killing.

Read the full story at Xinhua


NOTE: The “defination of hors de combat & Dictionary.com” Link in the above was added by PacificSentinel for clarity & context.