The Taliban Had Tea With an Afghan Folk Singer. A Few Days Later, They Shot Him Dead


A Taliban fighter looks on as he stands at the city of Ghazni, Afghanistan on August 14. (Image: Reuters)

A Taliban fighter looks on as he stands at the city of Ghazni, Afghanistan on August 14. (Image: Reuters)

His son says he wanted justice and that a local Taliban council promised to punish his father’s killer.

A Taliban fighter has shot dead an Afghan folk singer in a restive mountain province under unclear circumstances. That’s according to Fawad Andarabi’s family Sunday.

The killing reignited concerns among activists that the insurgents would return to their oppressive rule in the country after their military blitz toppled the government. The slaying Friday happened in the Andarabi Valley for which he was named. It’s an area of Baghlan province some 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Kabul. The valley had seen upheaval since the Taliban takeover, with some districts in the area coming under the control of militia fighters opposed to the Taliban rule.

The Taliban previously came out to Andarabi’s home and searched it, even drinking tea with the musician, his son Jawad Andarabi told The Associated Press. But something changed Friday.

His son says he wanted justice and that a local Taliban council promised to punish his father’s killer.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told the AP that the insurgents would investigate the incident, but had no other details on the killing.

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