Men claiming to be Taliban shot 3 and killed at Afghan wedding to play music

Two men in Afghanistan have been detained by authorities after shooting and killing some wedding guests because of music being played.

The men identified themselves as the Taliban, but Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denied any connection to them. A third armed man has not yet been detained.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks at a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 6, 2021. REUTERS / Stringer

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks at a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 6, 2021. REUTERS / Stringer

Four couples held a joint wedding in Nangarhar province on Friday. The Taliban had banned music during its previous administration from 1996 to 2001, and the wedding parties on Friday had received permission from a local Taliban leader to play the music, the BBC reported.

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The new Taliban government has not yet issued a decree on the subject, but many singers and musicians have already fled the country.

A witness told reporters that some “young men” were playing music in a separate room when “three Taliban fighters came and opened fire on them.”

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Another witness said the men “broke the musical instruments and then went out and … opened fire on about 50 people.”

At least three people died as a result of the shooting, according to The Guardian.

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Mujahid said the two men detained by authorities will be “extradited to face sharia law”.

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