On the eve of Eid Al Adha, as Afghanistan was preparing to celebrate the feast of sacrifice, Fida Mohammad’s Afghan’s life was instead turned upside down and struck by tragedy.

His sons, Sher Mohammad, 34, and Mahmoud Khan, 37, were dragged out of their home in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province, and killed by the Taliban.

“We never got any threats. Our house was surrounded by the Taliban around midnight before Eid and they entered and took my sons. I don’t know why they took them,” said Mr Afghan, 57, a member of Kandahar provincial council.

Neither of his sons were likely targets for the militants, he told The National. “Sher Mohammad was a businessman and Mahmoud Khan was head of the [provincial] Olympic committee.”

Mr Afghan was in Kandahar city, unable to return to Spin Boldak after the Taliban seized the district.

“I got a call around 8am from locals and they told me that my sons were killed,” he said.

“I wasn’t even able to attend the funeral of my sons.”

Mr Afghan is not alone in grieving for loved ones killed by the Taliban during their rapid sweep across the country since May. The insurgents have conducted hundreds, possibly thousands of murders in districts they have captured.

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