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Afghanistan: Taliban hang dead bodies in an apparent warning in western city of Herat, reports say

The Taliban hung the dead bodies of four kidnappers in public in the western city of Herat in an apparent warning.

The display came a day after a notorious Taliban official warned that extreme punishments such as executions and amputations would resume.

The men were killed in a gun battle after allegedly seizing a businessman and his son, a local official said.




The AP reported a body was hung from a crane in the city centre.

Wazir Ahmad Seddiqi, a local shopkeeper, told the agency that four bodies were brought to the square, one was hung there and the three other bodies were moved to other squares in the city to be displayed.

The deputy governor for Herat, Maulwai Shair Ahmad Emar, was quoted by local media as saying that Taliban fighters had tracked the alleged kidnappers down and killed all of them in a firefight.



“We hanged their dead bodies on the Herat squares to be a warning to the other kidnappers,” the official was quoted as saying.

Since taking power in Afghanistan on 15 August, the Taliban have been promising a milder form of rule than in their previous tenure.

But there have already been numerous reports of human rights abuses carried out across the country.

The Taliban’s notorious former head of religious police Mullah Nooruddin Turabi said on Thursday that extreme punishments such as executions and amputations would resume in Afghanistan as they were “necessary for security”.