Civilians massacre in Afghanistan’s Sar-e Pol by Taliban has risen to 60

The death toll from the massacre of civilians in Afghanistan’s northern province of Sar-e Pol has risen to 60. The mass killing occurred in Mirzawalang after the Taliban claimed they had captured the mainly Shia village over the weekend.

The attack was reportedly carried out under the order of a local Taliban commander who has pledged allegiance to Daesh.

The militants took hundreds of others hostage. Locals say the assailants bearing Taliban and Daesh banners also kidnapped nearly 50 girls and women.

The Taliban later released 235 hostages but an unknown number of people are still being kept hostage.

The Afghan Defense Ministry says the operation to retake the valley will happen soon.

It says commando forces have been deployed to the area and airstrikes are being carried out.

The failure of the government and NATO forces to respond in time has outraged the residents of the flashpoint area.