Afghan Shiite leader: Islamic State group behind mass kidnappings of Shiite Hazara men

April 4, 2015 1:51 PM

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KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghanistan's senior Shiite community leader said on Saturday the Islamic State group is responsible for kidnapping dozens of Shiite men and boys in February.

Mohammad Mohaqiq said two former Taliban leaders, who switched allegiance to the rival Islamic State group, were responsible for the abduction of 31 members of the minority Shiite Hazara community on Feb. 24 in southern Zabul province.

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