News - Afghanistan
Families of seven beheaded passengers on Tuesday evening moved the bodies of their beloved ones from Ghazni to Kabul in a bid to seek justice from government.
Three women were among seven passengers beheaded by alleged Daesh militants after kidnapping them few months ago on the way between Ghazni and Zabul provinces.
Broke into tears, hundreds of Kabul residents gathered in a Mosque in Dasht-e-Barchi area where the bodies were moved.
Some angry participants of the gathering accused the government of neglecting the kidnapped passengers. They warned they will not remain calm on what they said was a barbaric act.
Meanwhile, some other attendees stressed the need for unity among all ethnic groups of Afghanistan and urged the government to bring the perpetrators to justice.
"Here the people of Ghazni including members of Tajik, Pashtun and Hazara ethnic groups are gathering to show solidarity and seek justice for the families of victims," said a resident of Ghazni who came along the caravan of bodies to Kabul.
Meanwhile, the government on Tuesday said necessary preparations had been taken for the funeral of the victims.
Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish, second deputy of CEO Mohammad Mohaqqiq, Minister of Borders and Tribal Affairs Mohammad Gulab Mangal and Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Mohammadullah Batash will visit the families of victims in Ghazni, according to Ghani's deputy spokesman Sayed Zafar Hashemi.
In addition, a number of civil society activists accused the government of not doing enough for the release of abductees.
They called on the government to declare a day of national mourning.
"People should get together in the mosques to show sympathy to the families of victims and also to show the enemies that Afghans are united," a social activist Ahmad Shah Stanekzai said.
This is the first time that women are being beheaded in the country.
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