"they massacred the Hazaras"
The Blue Mosque in Mazar-i Sharif - Credit: Steve Evans
On August 8, 1998, the Taliban captured the city of Mazar-i Sharif
in northwest Afghanistan. Previously, the city was controlled by the United Front, a coalition opposed to the Taliban. Immediately, the Talib conquerors began shooting civilians in large numbers throughout the city. Witnesses described a "killing frenzy". Hundreds of civilians were killed. In the following days, the Taliban carried out house-to-house searches for male Hazaras, Uzbeks and Tajiks, who were then executed. The massacre was a retaliation for the deaths of 3,000 Taliban soldiers the previous year during an unsuccessful earlier attempt to capture the city.
Mazar-i Sharif was the first city captured by the Northern Alliance with US military support in 2001.
Human Rights Watch Report