Taliban on Friday captured the city of Zaranj, the capital of Nimroz province on the border with Iran as the first provincial capital to be seized by the group since the Biden administration said it would completely withdraw US troops from the country.
Taliban attacked the provincial capital on Thursday night. Their attacks were followed by hundreds of residents of the city, flocking towards the border with Iran, in a desperate search for safety.
There are also reports that government assets were looted in different parts of the city.
Reports say that the Taliban after capturing Kanak district in Nimroz brutally executed at least 30 soldiers. But the Taliban have rejected the allegations, saying the soldiers were killed during clashes.
“All people including women and children had flocked there,” said a resident in Nimroz, referring to an attempt by hundreds of Nimroz residents to cross the border to Iran.
A video from Nimroz shows that several bodies purportedly of the government forces lying on the ground. The Taliban reportedly tortured the soldiers, maimed them and took out their eyes before killing them.
“Based on the international law, it is counted as a war crime, it is also against Islamic principles,” said Laal Gul Laal, the head of human rights organization.
“The rejection of all these killings on the battlefields doesn’t acquit them (Taliban) from responsibility,” said Zabihullah Farhang, a spokesman for Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission.
Nimroz has five districts of which three are completely under the control of the Taliban.