Holland, 26 September Mastana.net -
On thursday unknown assailants killed the popular local singer, Qorban Nazar, and six other people in northern Afghanistan.
Provincial Governor Guma Khan Hamdard says the bodies of Qorban Nazar and six of his friends were found in the Chemtal District of Jawsjan Province on 22 September.
Hamdard said they were all shot. He said the motive for the killings is unclear.
But he also added that it did not appear to be theft, because the instruments and money of the singers was still with them.
The Turkmen Qorban Nazar had a wedding program on wensday, you can read for more detailed info the REUTERS report here below.
Local police blamed the Taliban who banned music and cinema during its five years in power between 1996 and 2001 however there has been no official claim as of press time.
-- REUTERS REPORT:
MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Suspected Taliban gunmen killed seven Afghan musicians travelling home from a wedding, among them a well-known singer, police said on Friday.
The attack on a road in the northwestern province of Jozjan is the most serious violence since parliamentary elections went off largely peacefully last Sunday.
"All seven have perished," said Jozjan police official Ibrahim Sharwal. Ethnic Turkmen singer Quarab Nazar was among the dead, he said.
The attackers sprayed the musicians' vehicle with bullets on Wednesday as they travelled home from a wedding the previous night. Sharwal ruled out robbery as a motive.
"It's the work of the Taliban, none of their equipment or money was taken," he said.
The Taliban mostly operate in the south and east of Afghanistan, near the border with Pakistan, and they are not believed to have a presence in Jozjan, but small groups of allied militants and bandits operate in parts of the north.
The Taliban, who ruled the country between 1996 and 2001, banned music and cinema under their harsh interpretation of Islam.
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