27 Aug 2012

Civilians killed in Afghanistan

10:50 pm on 27 August 2012

Seventeen civilians - two women and 15 men - have been beheaded in Afghanistan, local officials say, with 10 Afghan soldiers killed in a separate incident.

The civilians died in Musa Qala district, in the southern province of Helmand, on Sunday night.

Local officials say the men had gathered to listen to music and watch the women dance when they were attacked, the BBC reports. The Taliban disapprove of men and women mixing socially.

The 10 soldiers were killed in the same province when insurgents attacked a security checkpoint also on Sunday, the BBC says.

A rogue Afghan soldier is also reported to have killed two foreign soldiers - believed to be American - in eastern Laghman province on Monday.