Taliban Beheads 17 Afghan Civilians
Officials in southern Afghanistan say Taliban insurgents have beheaded 17 Afghan civilians.
Authorities in Helmand province say the militants killed the 15 men and two women in Musa Qala district late Sunday because the group had organized a mixed-sex party with music and dancing - activities the Taliban disapproves.
Hours after the beheadings, Taliban insurgents overran an Afghan military post in Helmand’s Washir district in a pre-dawn attack, killing 10 Afghan troops.
A local government spokesman said four soldiers were wounded in the attack. He said five troops left with the Taliban. It was not immediately clear if the ones who went with the Taliban were kidnapped or went voluntarily.