Kabul: Hair raising images of journalists displaying the marks of assault on their bodies are going viral in social media. The journalists were beaten black and blue by the hardline Islamist group for covering the women’s protests.
At least two images have surfaced in the aftermath of the group announcing that government and have been shared by verified Twitter handles, including in one post by Marcus Yam (a foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times) and in another by Etilaatroz (an Afghan news publication).
Images tweeted by Mr Yam show two men stripped to their innerwear and standing with their backs to the camera. Their backs and legs are covered with what appear to be red welts and bruises.
Images tweeted by Etilaatroz show the same two men, whom the publication has identified as its employees – Taqi Daryabi and Nematullah Naqdi – and a close-up of their injuries.
As per Etilaatroz, both the victims identified as Mr Daryabi and Mr Naqdi – a video editor and a reporter – were covering a protest led by women in the Kart-e-Char area of Western Kabul yesterday, when they were abducted by the Taliban, taken to different rooms and beaten and tortured.