Taliban militants have beheaded four people, including two civilians, in Afghanistanâ„¢s northern province of Parwan, officials say.
Å“Taliban militants beheaded an Afghan intelligence officer along with a member of his family, and an Afghan police officer together with his brother,” Provincial Governor Basir Salangi said in a statement on Thursday.
The Afghan official also said that the Taliban militants had kidnapped the victims before beheading them.
Hours after the beheadings, hundreds of people held an anti-Taliban demonstration in the province.
The militants have in the past been blamed for beheading local villagers, mostly over charges of spying for Afghan and US-led troops in the country.
In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their annual “spring offensive” against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan.
The militant group said it would use “every possible tactic” to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces. They specifically mentioned insider and bomb attacks.
The announcement prompted the Afghan authorities to tighten security in major cities across the country, including the capital Kabul.
The increasing number of casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger against the United States and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war, which began in 2001.
The US-led war in Afghanistan removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan, despite the presence of about 100,000 US-led troops.
This article originally appeared on: Press TV