The Taliban hung a body using a crane in the main square in the city of Herat, in western Afghanistan, the AP reported today, Saturday, September 25, based on a witness at the scene.
Wazir Ahmad Seddiqi, who runs a pharmacy on the side of the square, told the Associated Press (AP) that four bodies were taken to the square, and three were later transported to other squares in the city also for the purpose of display.
Seddiqi said the Taliban announced that the four had been caught participating in a kidnapping and were killed by police.
Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, one of the founders of the Taliban and a leading advocate of a harsh interpretation of Islamic law, told the AP the extremist movement would again carry out executions and hand amputations, but perhaps not in public.
Ever since the Taliban took Kabul on August 15 and took control of the country, Afghans and the world have been waiting for the harsh rules of the 1990s to be resumed.
The group’s leaders remain rooted in an extremely conservative and extreme worldview, even as they are embracing technological changes, such as the use of high-end mobile phones.