As many as three civilians were killed and seven others wounded in a protest held against an alleged rape case by Taliban militants in Khwajaghar district of the northern Takhar province, a local official confirmed to Kabul Now.

Khalil Asir, spokesperson for Takhar police chief, said that the Taliban militants opened fire at protest rally around 03:00 PM today, August 04, in Darul Olum village of Khwajaghar district.

The protesters took to street after the Taliban hesitated to put the alleged rapists on trial. They have also objected against Taliban decision of transferring the rapists to Kunduz province, according to Mr. Asir.

Quoting Khwajaghar district governor, BBC Persian reported that four people were killed and four others wounded after locals stormed the Taliban prison in Darul Olum village.

The four Taliban militants entered a house in Khwajaghar district around two weeks ago and raped two young girls inside the house. The militants were arrested and imprisoned by the Taliban after the father of victims filed a complaint.

Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesperson for the Taliban, confirmed the rape case but claimed that the rapists were not members of the group.

The militant group have not commented regarding today’s incident in the area.

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