Afghan Shiite Leader: Islamic State Group Behind Mass Kidnappings of Shiite Hazara Men

Afghanistan's senior Shiite community leader said on Saturday the Islamic State group is responsible for kidnapping dozens of Shiite men and boys in February. Mohammad Mohaqiq said two former Taliban leaders, who switched allegiance to the rival Islamic State group, were responsible for the abduction of 31 members of the minority Shiite Hazara community on Feb. 24 in the southern Zabul province. It is the first time an Afghan leader has confirmed Islamic State group involvement in the kidnappings. Mohaqiq says the two prominent Islamic militants have simply "changed their white flag" of the Taliban for the black IS flag.