killing at least two people

Officials say gunmen identifying themselves as Taliban attacked a wedding in eastern Afghanistan to prevent music from being played, killing at least two people and injuring ten others.

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Two of the three gunmen were arrested, according to a Taliban spokesman, but they denied acting on behalf of the Islamist movement.

When the Taliban ruled the country from 1996 to 2001, music was prohibited.

The new authorities have not yet issued such a decree.

Four couples were married in a joint wedding in Surkh Rod district, Nangarhar province, according to an eyewitness.

They had obtained permission from a local Taliban leader to play recorded music in an area reserved for women only.

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However, late at night, the gunmen forced their way inside and attempted to smash the loudspeakers. When the guests objected, the armed men opened fire.

According to Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, the case is being investigated.

The Islamic State group, which opposes the Taliban, is also active in Nangarhar and has been blamed for similar incidents in the past.

Afghanistan fell to the Taliban in August after the United States withdrew the last of its remaining troops, and the militants swept across the country retaking ground.

During its previous rule, the group imposed an extremely strict interpretation of Islamic law. However, in order to gain international recognition, it has recently sought to project a more moderate image.

Since regaining power, the Taliban has been accused of murdering a folk singer and destroying instruments. Many singers and musicians have already fled Afghanistan.


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