The Taliban government said on Saturday that gunmen claiming to be members of the Taliban shot dead three guests for composing music at a wedding.
Jabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Afghan administration, said two of the attackers had been arrested and were not acting on behalf of the Islamist and nationalist movement that returned to power in mid-August.
“At Haji Malang Jan’s wedding in Shamspur Mar Kundi town in Nangarhar last night, three people who introduced themselves as Taliban entered the ceremony and asked to stop the music,” the spokesman explained. “After the series of shots, at least three people died and many more were injured,” he added.
“Two suspects were arrested by the Taliban and a third person is wanted.
Nangarhar province spokesperson Kasi Mulla Adele confirmed the incident without giving any further details.
“The youths were playing music in a separate room when three Taliban men came and shot them. The condition of the two injured is worrying,” a witness said.
All secular music was banned by the Taliban during its previous regime (1996-2001). Although the new Islamic government has not yet legislated on the issue, it still considers listening to secular music to be contrary to Islamic law.
At a previous press conference, a government spokesman said the Taliban were opposed to such acts. “If someone decides to kill someone, even if he is one of our men, he commits a crime and we are going to take him to court,” he declared.
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