Police today confirmed the killings of six "moderate Taliban", saying the men had "cooperated with the authorities".
The victims' bodies were found with their heads totally separated in a house near the capital of the southern province of Uruzgan on Thursday, Juma Gul Hema, the provincial police chief, told AFP.
One man survived the attack with a deep gash across his throat, he said.
"A group of moderate Taliban had gathered in a house near Tirin Kot," he said.
"A group of Taliban terrorists went there and beheaded them all. They had separated the heads of six of them."
The seventh man was still alive, he said.