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Angry Protests Erupt After 31 Civilians Killed In Afghanistan

Afghan men and a woman gather around the bodies of civilians, including children, who were allegedly killed by Islamic State (IS) militants in Ghor province on October 26.

Hundreds of angry protesters have marched through the streets of the city of Firoz Koh in Afghanistan’s Ghor Province after gunmen killed 31 local civilians.

Gunmen in the remote central province rounded up dozens of civilians and executed them on October 26 in an attack that officials blamed on Islamic State (IS) extremists.

Officials said the attack may have been a revenge strike after a local IS commander was killed the previous day.

Mohammad, one of the protesters, said most of the victims were shepherds. He said at least six people were still missing.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Taliban, which denied responsibility, said the killings appeared to have been provoked by ethnic rivalries fueled by rows over grazing and sheep stealing.

The central province of Ghor has not been a major center for Islamic State militants.

With reporting by AFP, AP, and Reuters