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Taliban insurgents kill at least 20 civilians after they were abducted

Published 26/10/2016 | 07:43

In this photograph taken on September 29, 2016, new Afghan air force pilots attend a class with flight simulators at the air force university in Kabul. / AFP PHOTO / SHAH MARAISHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images
In this photograph taken on September 29, 2016, new Afghan air force pilots attend a class with flight simulators at the air force university in Kabul. / AFP PHOTO / SHAH MARAISHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images
In this photograph taken on September 29, 2016, new Afghan air force pilots attend a class with flight simulators at the air force university in Kabul./ AFP PHOTO / SHAH MARAISHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images
In this photograph taken on September 29, 2016, US -made MD-530 Helicopters fly over the air force university in Kabul. / AFP PHOTO / SHAH MARAISHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images
In this photograph taken on September 29, 2016, new Afghan air force pilots attend a class at the air force university in Kabul. / AFP PHOTO / SHAH MARAISHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images
In this photograph taken on September 29, 2016, new Afghan air force pilots attend a class with flight simulators at the air force university in Kabul. / AFP PHOTO / SHAH MARAISHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images

Taliban insurgents have killed at least 20 civilians after they were abducted in a remote central province of Afghanistan, police officials say.

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Ziauddin Saqib, deputy provincial police chief in Ghor, said the 20 were from a group of 33 taken by militants near the provincial capital of Ferozkoh.

In this photograph taken on September 29, 2016, new Afghan air force pilots attend a class at the air force university in Kabul. / AFP PHOTO / SHAH MARAISHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images
In this photograph taken on September 29, 2016, new Afghan air force pilots attend a class at the air force university in Kabul. / AFP PHOTO / SHAH MARAISHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images

The abductions took place while battles were under way between the Taliban and Afghan security forces on Tuesday that saw two militant commanders killed.

Abdul Hai Khateby, spokesman for the provincial governor in Ghor, said on Wednesday that the militants behind the attacks and abductions were a renegade Taliban group that swore allegiance last year to Afghanistan's Islamic State affiliate.

In this photograph taken on September 29, 2016, new Afghan air force pilots attend a class with flight simulators at the air force university in Kabul./ AFP PHOTO / SHAH MARAISHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images
In this photograph taken on September 29, 2016, new Afghan air force pilots attend a class with flight simulators at the air force university in Kabul./ AFP PHOTO / SHAH MARAISHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images

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