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Kabul Korrespondence

Fresh, factual, and funky view of Afghanistan and the surrounding Central Asian region

Musicians targeted by the Taliban

Sunday, July 05, 2009

A group of five musicians from Jalalabad was playing at a wedding party in Khogyani District in the afternoon when several members of an AOG entered the party, and proceeded to use the instruments to assault the musicians before going onto to completely destroy the instruments and equipment.

The musicians were then taken from the wedding party and eventually arrived at Merkhekhel in Sherzad. In Merkhelhel the AOG assembled a number of villagers to observe, and the heads of the musicians were shaved as they were made to promise to never play music again. The musicians were then moved a short distance from the village and tied to a tree where they were found the following morning by villagers on their way to morning prayer.
posted by Travis, 10:51 pm


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