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NA raped, killed hundreds in Kabul: Eyewitness

Northern Alliance forces have killed around 300 Pakistani and Arab fighters in Kabul, besides hundreds of Taleban supporters who had surrendered, an eyewitness claimed.

Northern Alliance leader Burhanuddin Rabbani had declared amnesty for Afghans in the rival camp after his forces took over Kabul on Tuesday, Online news agency reported.

But Ebad-ur-Rehman, a middle-aged Afghan who reached Kandahar from Kabul a day after the Northern Alliance entered the capital, said, "They (NA troops) were killing people, especially Pakistanis and Arabs."

"But I saved myself by getting my long beard shaved," he said.

Northern Alliance troops were looking for Taleban supporters. Wherever they found men with long beards, they either killed or detained them, he said.

"Those who could not speak Pushtu ware killed on the spot. They sprayed Pakistanis and Arabs with bullets," Ebad added.

"There was a hue and cry in the streets. The jubilant alliance troops entered any house they wanted. They raped and dishonoured Afghan women and even minor girls," he contended.

"I don't know much about other areas, but there was no law in Kabul. The troops were looting even personal belongings like jackets and boots," he said.

"They were beating and spitting on the bodies of Taleban soldiers. They brought foreign media cameramen and forced men to get their beards shaved and women to remove burqas so that the scenes could be recorded," Ebad said.

Online said BBC and some other agencies also endorsed Ebad's claim that the Northern Alliance was forcing women to remove burqas and men to shave their beards.

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