Three women and a child were among seven people beheaded in southern Afghanistan by militants suspected of being linked to ISIS, officials said on Monday. The victims’ bodies were taken to a hospital in Zabul province on Sunday, Deputy Governor Massoud Bakhtawar told NBC News. It is not clear when the Hazara minority victims were killed, as the bodies were abandoned on Sunday by fighters who had been holding them, after they came under an assault by rival militants. “We are not sure who beheaded them, but they were abducted … by foreign militants loyal to Daesh,” Bakhtawar said, using an alternate name for ISIS that the terror group despises. The deaths came amid escalating fighting between rival Taliban factions in the province and increasing inroads by ISIS in the region.
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