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Taliban hang up kidnappers’ bodies in public in Herat


  • Sher Ahmad Ammar, deputy governor of Herat, said the men had kidnapped a businessman and his son and intended to take them out of the city when they were seen by patrols that set up checkpoints around the city.

Agencies | , Kabul

PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2021 01:13 AM IST

Taliban authorities in the western Afghan city of Herat killed four alleged kidnappers and hung their bodies up in public to deter others, a local government official said on Saturday.

Sher Ahmad Ammar, deputy governor of Herat, said the men had kidnapped a businessman and his son and intended to take them out of the city when they were seen by patrols that set up checkpoints around the city.

An exchange of gunfire ensued in which all four were killed, while one Taliban soldier was wounded. “Their bodies were brought to the main square and hung up in the city as a lesson for other kidnappers,” he said. The two kidnapping victims were released unharmed, he said.

Herat resident Mohammad Nazir said he had been shopping for food near the city’s Mostofiat Square when he heard a loudspeaker announcement calling for people’s attention. “When I stepped forward, I saw they had brought a body in a pickup truck, then they hung it up on a crane.”

Footage of the bloodstained 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”.

No other bodies were visible but social media posts said others were hung up in other parts of the city. According to the official Bakhtar news agency, eight kidnappers were also arrested in a separate incident in Uruzgan province.

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