The Taliban hang the body in public; signaling a return to the tactics of the past – Boston Herald

KABUL, Afghanistan – The Taliban on Saturday hung a corpse from a crane parked in a town square in Afghanistan in a gruesome display that signaled the movement’s outright return to some of its brutal tactics of the past.

Taliban officials first brought four bodies to the central plaza in the western town of Herat, then moved three to other parts of the city for public display, said Wazir Ahmad Seddiqi, who runs a pharmacy. at the edge of the square.

Taliban officials announced that the four men were caught participating in a kidnapping earlier on Saturday and were killed by police, Seddiqi said. Ziaulhaq Jalali, a Taliban-appointed district police chief in Herat, later said Taliban operatives rescued a father and son who were kidnapped by four kidnappers after an exchange of gunfire. He said a Taliban fighter and a civilian were injured by the kidnappers and the kidnappers were killed in crossfire.

An Associated Press video showed crowds gathering around the crane and looking at the body as some men chanted.

“The purpose of this action is to alert all criminals that they are not safe,” a Taliban commander who did not identify himself in a camera interview in the square told the AP.

Since the Taliban invaded Kabul on August 15 and took control of the country, Afghans and the world have been watching to see if they will recreate their harsh rule of the late 1990s, which included public stoning and amputation of limbs. suspected criminals, some of whom took place in front of a large crowd in a stadium.

After one of the founders of the Taliban said in an interview with The Associated Press last week that the outright movement would once again carry out executions and amputations of hands, the US State Department said that such acts “would constitute flagrant and flagrant violations of human rights. . “

Spokesman Ned Price told reporters in his briefing on Friday that the United States “will stand firm with the international community to hold those responsible for these – such abuses – accountable.”

Taliban leaders remain rooted in a deeply conservative and uncompromising worldview, even as they embrace technological changes, such as video and cellphones.

“Everyone criticized us for the punishments in the stadium, but we never said anything about their laws and punishments,” Mullah Nooruddin Turabi said in the PA interview. “No one will tell us what our laws should be. We will follow Islam and we will make our laws on the Quran.

Also on Saturday, a roadside bomb hit a Taliban car in the eastern provincial capital of Nangarhar, injuring at least one person, a Taliban official said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing. The Islamic State group’s affiliate, headquartered in eastern Afghanistan, said it was behind similar attacks in Jalalabad last week that left 12 people dead.

The person injured in the attack is a municipal worker, Taliban spokesman Mohammad Hanif said.

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