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Taliban hang four bodies in public squares in western Afghanistan: eyewitnesses

Taliban hang four bodies in public squares in western Afghanistan: eyewitnesses

According to local eyewitnesses, the Taliban hung four bodies in a public square in western Afghanistan, signaling that the group was returning to some of the harshest punishments of its past.

Several residents of Herat, identified as Mohammad Nazir and Wazir Ahmad, have seen the Taliban display bodies in public squares in the city. Ahmed told the Associated Press that the three bodies were moved to other locations in the city, where they were displayed for pedestrians.

“When I stepped forward, I saw they brought a body in a pickup truck, then they hung it on a crane,” Nazir told Reuters.

A video from the Associated Press shows crowds gathering around the crane and some people staring at a corpse while chanting.

“The move is aimed at warning all criminals that they are not safe,” a Taliban member told AP Square. The member, who did not want to be named, said the bodies belonged to the alleged abductors.

Herat Taliban district police chief Ziaulhaq Jalali told Al Jazeera that members of the group had rescued a father and son abducted by four kidnappers. Jalali said a Taliban member and a civilian were wounded in the alleged abduction.

Taliban leader Mullah Nuruddin Turabi poses for a photo in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 22, 2021. (Felipe Dana / AP photo)

Since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan last month, some senior members of the Taliban, designated by several US intelligence agencies as terrorist groups, have said they have changed course since the Taliban ruled the country from 1996 to 2001. .

However, Mollah Nuruddin Turabi, who is now the head of the so-called Ministry of Public Utilization and Vice Resistance, suggested that other harsh punishments, including public executions and amputation of hands, be carried out.

“Everyone in the stadium criticized us for the punishment, but we never said anything about their law and their punishment,” Turabi told the AP last week. “No one will tell us what our law should be. We will abide by Islam and make our laws based on the Quran.

In recent days, human rights groups such as Amnesty International have sounded the alarm.

“In just five weeks of taking control of Afghanistan, the Taliban have made it clear that they are not serious about protecting or respecting human rights. We have already seen a wave of violations, ranging from retaliatory attacks and sanctions on women to protests, crackdowns on the media and civil society, ”Amnesty International said in a statement.

The U.S. State Department responded to Turabi’s remarks by saying that the United States would not accept the Taliban if they were severely punished.

State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters last week that “we strongly condemn the report on the separation and re-establishment of the Afghan death penalty, and said that the separation and execution would be a clear violation of human rights and we must hold the international community accountable for the perpetrators.” ”

Jack Phillips

Jack Phillips

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Jack Phillips is a reporter for The New York-based The Epoch Times.

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