« U.S. Activist’s Bulldoze Death a ‘Regrettable Accident,’ Israeli Court Rules | Main | Taliban Claim They Downed US Helicopter in Afghanistan »

Taliban Deny Beheading 17 Partygoers in Afghanistan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- The Taliban denied on Tuesday that they were responsible for the 17 partygoers who were found beheaded on a roadside in southern Afghanistan Monday morning.

Afghan officials had initially said the 17 people were all killed by the Taliban after attending a mixed-gender party where there was music and dancing -- activities the Taliban are against.   All of the bodies were decapitated, but it was not clear if they had been shot first.

Now, there are conflicting reports.  

One Afghan official says they were killed when two rival Taliban commanders got into a fight.  But the Taliban say they had nothing to do with it, and the fight broke out because the people at the party had too much to drink.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio