Victims' families demand justice after ISIS arrests in Herat

By Emran

Following the arrest of three members of the 'Islamic State of Iraq and Syria' (ISIS), allegedly responsible for an April attack on a Shia mosque in Herat, the victims' families are demanding justice. [Emran/Salaam Times]

HERAT -- Following the arrest of three members of the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS), allegedly responsible for an April attack on a Shia mosque in Herat, the families of the victims are demanding justice.

The men were captured during a June 2 security operation in Herat city, local officials in Herat province announced.

In the attack claimed by ISIS on a Shia mosque April 29 in Guzara district, six civilians, including a woman and a child, were killed.

Several ISIS members participated, ISIS said.

Mourners gather April 30 in Guzara district, Herat province, to bury their loved ones who were killed April 29 by an ISIS attack on a Shia mosque. [Emran/Salaam Times]

Mourners gather April 30 in Guzara district, Herat province, to bury their loved ones who were killed April 29 by an ISIS attack on a Shia mosque. [Emran/Salaam Times]

The victims included 17-year-old Mohammad Ali, who had just arrived at the mosque for prayer.

His mother, Fatema Rezayee, called her only son's killers "bloodthirsty criminals."

"My husband passed away 11 years ago from an illness, and my only hope was my son. He was in the 11th grade, and I worked in people's homes to support his education," Rezayee told Salaam Times.

"I lived a poor life with my son and two daughters ... ISIS took away my only hope. He was innocent and never harmed anyone," she said.

As a grieving mother, she feels powerless but eagerly awaits the punishment of the killers, she said.

Demand for justice

The sorrow and pain inflicted by ISIS are "immense," said Abdul Hakim Rezaei, 54, Mohammad Ali's uncle.

The perpetrators must face the consequences, he told Salaam Times.

Twenty-year-old Mohammad Ali Akhlaqi, whose father, Abdul Azim Akhlaqi, served as the Imam of the mosque and was killed April 29, also demanded justice for his family.

"My father was a religious scholar and the breadwinner of our family. My brother and three sisters are now orphans," he said.

"ISIS members are criminals and bloodthirsty, and they should not receive any mercy. According to Islamic law, these individuals should face their punishment," he added.

Recent ISIS attacks across Afghanistan have incited outrage among Afghans, who demand strong and decisive action against the terrorist group.

The only way to prevent further ISIS attacks is to take fighting against ISIS seriously, Jamaluddin Hussaini, a resident of Herat city, said.

"ISIS militants flee the scene after killing the innocent and then launch similar attacks," he said.

"We rarely hear about ISIS members receiving punishment after being arrested. They are murderers, and according to Islamic law, which we all believe in, they should face the consequences of their actions," Hussaini said.

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