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Afghans Mourn Victims Of Former Communist Regime

  • RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan

KABUL -- Afghanistan has begun two days of official mourning for people killed by the former communist regime.

Earlier this month, officials in Kabul released a list of some 5,000 Afghans persecuted by authorities in 1978 and '79. The list of victims was a result of investigations conducted by the International Crimes Unit of the Netherlands National Police.

On the eve of the official mourning, several hundred people, including victims' families, held a candlelight vigil in Kabul to pay respects to their lost loved ones.

Dutch police began their investigation into crimes in 2010 after an Afghan immigrant confessed to torturing inmates in detention centers while he was chief of the Interrogation Department of the Afghan Security Service.