Gunmen kill 13 vehicle passengers in north Afghanistan

13 passengers were ordered off two vehicles and shot dead at close range

Gunmen kill 13 vehicle passengers in north Afghanistan

World Bulletin / News Desk

Unknown gunmen Saturday killed 13 passengers travelling in two vehicles in a usually tranquil northern Afghan province, as President Ashraf Ghani implored international donors for renewed support to the "wounded country".

The victims, all male passengers, were plucked from their vehicles and shot dead from close range in a rare attack targeting ethnic minorities. 

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the incident, but it comes as Taliban insurgents ramp up attacks amid a bitter leadership transition.

"The gunmen stopped two vehicles, lined up all the male passengers and shot them dead," said Jafar Haidari, the governor of Zari district in Balkh, where the incident occurred.

Abdul Razaq Qaderi, the deputy police chief of Balkh, confirmed the fatalities, adding that officials were investigating who was behind it.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Eylül 2015, 17:27