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Afghanistan: 3 Dead as Gunmen Open Fire at Wedding over Playing Music

Sat 30 Oct 2021 | 07:09 PM
Ahmad El-Assasy

According to the authorities, gunmen posing as Taliban assaulted a wedding in eastern Afghanistan to prevent music from being played, killing at least three people.

Two of the three assailants had been captured, according to Taliban government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, who denied they were working on behalf of the Islamist organisation.

"Last night, during the wedding of Haji Malang Jan in Shamspur Mar Ghundi hamlet of Nangarhar, three Taliban men entered the proceedings and [demand] that the music be turned off," he claimed.

"At least three persons have been killed and several more have been injured as a result of the firing."

"The Taliban have detained two people in connection with the event, while one who escaped is currently being followed."

The incident was confirmed by Qazi Mullah Adel, a spokesman for the Taliban governor in Nangarhar province, but no further information were provided. According to a relative of one of the fatalities, Taliban fighters opened fire while music was being played.

Music was forbidden under the Taliban's last reign in Afghanistan, and while the new administration has yet to make such a proclamation, the country's leadership still views its usage in entertainment as a violation of Islamic law.