Three wedding guests are said to have been shot in Afghanistan for playing music at a reception

The attack was carried out by three attackers who claimed to be members of the Taliban before opening fire, Taliban spokesman Zabihulah Mujahid told reporters at Sunday’s news conference.

The Mujahideen said gunmen attacked a reception held in Surkh Rod district in Nangarhar province. A local reporter also told CNN that at least two people were killed and 10 were injured.

A Taliban spokesman added that it is not allowed to kill anyone for playing music, and an investigation is underway to determine whether the incident was caused by a personal dispute.

“In the ranks of the Islamic Emirate, no one has the right to dissuade anyone from music or anything just to try to convince them. This is the main way,” Mujahid told a news conference, according to AFP.

Mujahid later reiterated in a series of Twitter posts that the suspects claimed to be members of the Taliban, and he demanded that the music be stopped before it started firing, but did not check whether or not they were. He said two people linked to the incident were arrested and a third escaped.

Although they do not approve of playing music at weddings and other public events, the Taliban have not issued a decree banning it since August when they came to power.

However, the end of August folk singer Fawad Andarabi was dragged from his home and killed by the Taliban while told CNN Clarissa Ward by musicians in the country they were told not to play their instruments.

During the previous period of rule in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, the Taliban banned most musical forms as non-Islamic.


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