The media quoted Afghan officials and witnesses as saying that Taliban gunmen shot wedding guests for playing music, killing two of them, in an act condemned by the Taliban government.
A relative of the victims said that “Taliban gunmen” opened fire on a wedding party in the eastern town of Surkhod after they caught guests listening to Afghan music, killing two people and wounding two others.
Government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, in Kabul, did not confirm the authenticity of the incident, but made it clear that the “Taliban” opposes such violations.
He stressed that “the investigation is underway at the present time, we do not know how it happened,” noting that the matter may be a “personal issue.”
He added during a press conference: “Within the ranks of the Islamic Emirate, no one has the right to prevent anyone from music or anything else, they just have to try to convince them, this is the way to work.”
He stressed: “If someone kills a person, even if he is one of our men, the matter is a crime and we will prosecute him and he must face the law.”
Music was banned when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.
The “Taliban” has not yet issued legislation on this issue, but it still considers listening to non-religious music contrary to its view of Islamic law.