• Kidnapper's body hung in public view; Taliban's stern 'punishments' return back to Afghanistan


    Kabul: Taliban hang four alleged kidnapper’s bodies up in public to dissuade the countrymen in the western Afghan city of Herat, a local government official said on Saturday.

    According to the government official, four men kidnapped a local businessman and his son and planned to take them out of the city, where they were seen by patrols that had set up checkpoints around the city.

    Later, during an exchange of gunfire, all four kidnappers were killed, injuring one Taliban soldier.

    Sher Ahmad Ammar, deputy governor of Herat, said, “The kidnapper’s bodies were brought to the main square and hung up in the city as a lesson for other kidnappers.”

    Two victims of kidnapping were released unharmed, he added.

    A resident of Herat stated that he was doing shopping near the city’s Mostofiat Square when he heard a loudspeaker announcement calling for people’s attention.

    “when I stepped forward I saw that taliban’s brought body in a pickup truck, then they hung it up on a crane.” he added.

    A video clip of the blood-soaked corpse swinging on the crane was widely shared on social media, showing a note pinned to the man’s chest saying, “This is the punishment for kidnapping.”

    In an interview, senior Taliban leader Mullah Nooruddin Turabi stated that the Taliban would reimpose severe punishments like executions to dissuade criminals.

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