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Afghan folk singer Fawad Andarabi shot dead by Taliban

Zabihullah Mujahid says shooting will be investigated

SAMAA | - Posted: Aug 30, 2021 | Last Updated: 5 months ago
Posted: Aug 30, 2021 | Last Updated: 5 months ago

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Fawad Andarabi, an Afghan folk singer, has been shot dead by the Taliban in the Baghlan province, Associated Press has reported.

“He was innocent, a singer who was only entertaining people,” his son Jawad said. “They shot him in the head on the farm.”

The Taliban had visited Fawad’s home and searched it, Jawad said. They even had tea with him but things changed on Friday, August 27.

The shooting took place in the Andarabi Valley which the family is named after. It is located in the Baghlan province roughly 100km north of Kabul. There has been an upheaval in the area since the Taliban’s return to power.

Jawad demanded justice for his father and said that a local Taliban council promised to punish the musician’s killers.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid told the AP that the shooting will be investigated. He claimed to have no details on the killing.

Andarabi played the ghichak (a bowed flute) and sang songs dedicated to his birthplace and the Afghan people. A video is doing the rounds that shows Fawad sitting on a rug amid mountains, performing a song. It has one million views on Twitter.

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  1. Poop  September 1, 2021 6:50 am/ Reply

    Religion = cancer, Fundamentalism = vile. Conclusion: Eradicate these middle ages scumbags.

  2. jy  September 1, 2021 11:59 am/ Reply

    An innocent man is executed for singing beauty and peace into an ugly, hostile world. Blast the barbaric demons off the plant, for good.

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