KABUL, Afghanistan – The Taliban on Saturday hung a dead body from a crane in a city square in Afghanistan in a gruesome demonstration, signaling the radical movement’s return to some brutal tactics of the past.
Wazir Ahmed Seddiqui, who runs a pharmacy on the side of the square, said Taliban officials initially brought four bodies to the central square in the western city of Herat, then took three of them to other parts of the city for public display.
Siddiqui said Taliban officials announced that the four were caught participating in a kidnapping on Saturday and were killed by police. Ziaulhaq Jalali, the Taliban-appointed district police chief in Herat, later said that Taliban members rescued a father and son who had been abducted 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 the crossfire.
A video from the Associated Press shows a crowd gathering around the crane and looking at the bodies of some men shouting slogans.
“The purpose of this action is to alert all criminals that they are not safe,” a Taliban commander, who did not identify himself, told the AP in an on-camera interview conducted in the square.
After the Taliban captured Kabul and took over the country on August 15, Afghans and the world are watching to see if they will re-establish their harsh regime of the late 1990s, which saw public stonewalling and alleged criminals. included amputation of the limbs. Some of which took place in front of a large crowd in a stadium.
One of the Taliban’s founders said in an interview with the Associated Press last week that the hard-line movement would once again carry out executions and arm amputations, with the US State Department saying such acts were “clear of human rights”. would constitute gross abuse”.
Spokesman Ned Price told reporters at his briefing on Friday that the United States “will stand with the international community to hold the perpetrators of any such abuse – accountable.”
Even as they embrace technological changes such as video and mobile phones, Taliban leaders remain embroiled in a deeply conservative, rigid worldview.
“Everyone criticized us for the punishment in the stadium, but we never said anything about their laws and their punishment,” Mulla Nooruddin Turabi said in an AP 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 capital of eastern Nangarhar province, injuring at least one person, a Taliban official said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing. Affiliates of the Islamic State group, headquartered in eastern Afghanistan, have said that 12 people were killed behind similar attacks in Jalalabad last week.
Taliban spokesman Mohammad Hanif said the man injured in the attack was a municipal employee.