Afghanistan: Taliban hang corpses of alleged kidnappers in Herat city

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Fighters Taliban in the city of Herat, in the west Afghanistan, killed four alleged kidnappers and hanged their bodies in public, as a means of deterrence, became known today by a local government official.

Sir Ahmad Amar, Herat’s deputy governor, said the men had abducted a local businessman and his son and were planning to take them out of the city when they were spotted by patrols setting up checkpoints around the city.

An exchange of gunfire ensued, in which all four men were killed and a Taliban soldier was wounded.

“They brought their bodies to the main square and hung them in the city as a lesson to other kidnappers,” he described.

According to him, the two abductees were not injured.

Herat resident Mohammad Nazir said he was out shopping near Mostofiat Square when he heard a loudspeaker calling for public attention.

“When I went closer, I saw that they had transported a corpse in a truck, then they hung it from a crane,” he said.

A video showing a corpse hanging from a crane has been widely circulated on social media, and a note has been nailed to the chest of the deceased, which reads “This is the punishment for the abduction”.

No other bodies can be seen in the video, but in posts on social media users say that other bodies were hung in other parts of the city.

In an interview with the Associated Press published this week, a senior Taliban official, Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, said the group would reinstate punishments such as executions and mutilations to prevent crimes.

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