KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – The Taliban hanged a body on Saturday from a crane parked in a town square in Afghanistan.
Taliban officials first took four bodies to the central square in the western city of Herat, then took three of them for public exhibition in other parts of the city, said Wazir Ahmad Seddiqi, who runs a pharmacy on the edge of the square.
Taliban officials announced the four were caught kidnapping and killed by police on Saturday, Seddiqi said. Ziaulhaq Jalali, a Taliban-appointed district police chief in Herat, later said Taliban members rescued a father and son kidnapped after an exchange of fire by four kidnappers. He said a Taliban fighter and a civilian were wounded by the kidnappers, and the kidnappers were killed in the crossfire.
An Associated Press video showed crowds gathering around the crane and peering up at the body while some men sang.
“The aim of this action is to make all criminals aware that they are not safe,” a Taliban commander, who did not identify himself, told the AP in a camera interview held on the square.
Since the Taliban overran Kabul on August 15 and took control of the country, Afghans and the world have been watching to see if they will regain their harsh rule of the late 1990s, which included public stoning and limb amputation of suspected criminals. some of them took place in front of large crowds in a stadium.
After one of the Taliban’s founders said in an interview with The Associated Press last week that the hardline movement would carry out executions and amputations of hands again, the State Department said that such acts would “clearly constitute gross violations of human rights.” . “
Spokesman Ned Price told reporters at his briefing on Friday that the United States “would stand with the international community to hold the perpetrators of these – such abuses – accountable.”
Taliban leaders remain deeply rooted in a deeply conservative, harsh worldview, even as they embrace technological changes such as video and cell phones.
“Everyone criticized us for the stadium penalties, but we never said anything about their laws or their penalties,” said Mullah Nooruddin Turabi in an interview with the AP. â€œNobody will tell us what our laws should look like. We will follow Islam and make our laws according to the Koran. “
Also on Saturday, a roadside bomb hit a Taliban car in the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, injuring at least one person, a Taliban official said. Nobody immediately took responsibility for the bombing. The Islamic State, based in eastern Afghanistan, announced that it was behind similar attacks in Jalalabad last week, in which twelve people were killed.
The injured is a city worker, said Taliban spokesman Mohammad Hanif.
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