In several places in Western Afghanistan‘s city of Herat, the Taliban have hung the dead corpses of four men, according to several sources.
Provincial Taliban vice-governor Mawlawi Shir Ahmad Amar claimed that after the kidnapping of a trader and of his son later rescued, the men were killed in direct struggles with the Taliban fighters.
“Their bodies were hanged in the town squares as an example to other kidnappers,” he told dpa. “They were hanged so that no one should dare to commit such a crime.”
A blood-sweeping man’s body can be seen in a social-media video wrapped in chains and hung from a jig on Herat’s main square.
Dozens of people can also be seen filming the scene on their phones.
The extremist group was well known during the Taliban’s regime at the end of the 1990s for its public-laughter crimes, its public laying dead and its amputation.
In Afghanistan, last month, the group seized power again. Since then, Afghanistan and governments worldwide have watched whether this time, although little is known so far, militant Islamists will govern more moderately.