UN mission condemns "gruesome" murder of civilians in Afghanistan

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The murder of 17 civilians in Afghanistan has been strongly condemned by the UN Mission in the country (UNAMA).

UNAMA says the killing, which it describes as "gruesome", is an unjustifiable criminal act that disregards the sanctity of human life.

Gerry Adams reports.

The Afghan civilians, including two women were reportedly beheaded or had their throats cut in Kajaki district of Helmand province on Monday.

According to reports, their bodies were found by the side of a road and some of them showed signs of beatings.

They are reported to have been murdered by the Taliban for attending a party.

UNAMA says it has repeatedly stated that the killing of civilians is a clear violation of international humanitarian and human rights laws.

It has also called for bringing to justice the perpetrators of such acts, which it says are "reprehensible".

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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