Four bodies of suspected kidnappers were displayed in different places in Herat to “warn all criminals,” one of which was hung from a crane.
The Taliban displayed the bodies of four suspected kidnappers and hoisted one of them from a crane parked in the square in Herat, Afghanistan. A commander said this was to deter “criminals.”
Resident Mohammad Nazir said he had been shopping near Mostofiat Square in Herat on Saturday when he heard a megaphone announcement calling attention.
Reuters quoted him as saying: “When I stepped forward, I saw them transport a body in a small truck and then hung it on a crane.”
Wazir Ahmad Seddiqi, who runs a pharmacy on the edge of the square, said that Taliban officials initially took the four bodies to the central square of the western city of Herat and then moved three of them. Go to other places in the city for public display.
Seddiqi said that Taliban officials announced that the four people had been captured early on Saturday to participate in the kidnapping and were shot dead by the police.
A video from the Associated Press showed that when some people chanted, the crowd gathered around the crane and stared at the dead body.
“The purpose of this operation is to remind all criminals that they are not safe,” a Taliban commander who asked not to be named told the Associated Press in an interview on the square.
The Herat district police chief Ziaulhaq Jalali (Ziaulhaq Jalali), appointed by the Taliban, said that Taliban members rescued a father and son kidnapped by four kidnappers after an exchange of fire.
He said that a Taliban fighter and a civilian were injured by the kidnappers, who were killed in the exchange of fire.
Since the Taliban occupied Kabul on August 15 and seized control of the country, the Afghans and the world have been concerned about whether they will rebuild the harsh rule of the late 1990s, which includes public stoning and the amputation of alleged criminals. , Some of them happened in front of large crowds in the stadium.
Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, one of the founders of the Taliban and the main enforcer of the strict rule of Afghanistan in the 1990s, told the Associated Press this week that the armed movement will execute executions and amputations again, although it may not be made public.
“Everyone criticizes the punishment we received in the stadium, but we never talked about their laws and punishments,” Turabi Said“No one will tell us what our laws should be. We will follow Islam, and we will make laws concerning the Quran.”
The leaders of the organization still firmly adhere to a very conservative and hard-line worldview, even if they are embracing technological changes such as video and mobile phones.
President Joe Biden’s government said on Friday that the United States will not tolerate the Taliban’s resumption of past punishments.
“We condemn reports in the strongest terms about the resumption of amputations and executions of Afghans,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters.
“The actions the Taliban are talking about here will constitute a clear and serious violation of human rights. We stand firmly with the international community and demand responsibility for the perpetrators of these-any such violations.”