On April 18, 2015, four Hazara civilians who were traveling from the Malistan District to the Ajristan District in Ghazni, now part of Daikundi Province, to purchase livestock were abducted by Taliban fighters. Initially, the Taliban demanded that the government release their fighters who were detained and imprisoned by the Ghazni Department of Intelligence. After the government did not comply with their demands, the captives were subjected to several days of severe torture and subsequently beheaded by their captors.