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UN: Joint Taliban, Islamic State raid killed disarmed Afghan fighters, civilians

The dead in the town of Mirza Olang included civilians and pro-government fighters who had been disarmed before they were shot.

FILE: This file shows a screengrab taken from a video released allegedly shows members of the IS (Islamic State) parading on top of a tank on a street in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqa. Picture: youtube.com

KABUL - A combined force of Taliban and "self-proclaimed" Islamic State militants killed at least 36 people in what may amount to war crimes during a raid on a northern Afghan town this month, the United Nations said on Sunday.

The dead in the town of Mirza Olang included civilians and pro-government fighters who had been disarmed before they were shot, a preliminary UN report concluded.

The killings occurred during fighting between 3 and 5 August after the militants attacked the town, which lies in Sar-e Pul province. At the time, Afghan officials put the death toll at 62, with at least 36 bodies recovered from mass graves last week.

A spokesman for the Taliban called the UN report "baseless allegations" and "false claims".