Taliban hang bodies of four men in Herat city

KABUL (HRNW) – The Taliban hung the bodies of four kidnappers from cranes after killing them during a shootout in Afghanistan s western city of Herat on Saturday, a senior official said.

Herat province s deputy governor Mawlawi Shir Ahmad Muhajir said the men s corpses were displayed in various public areas on the same day as the killings to teach a “lesson” that kidnapping will not be tolerated.

Graphic images posted to social media showed bloody bodies on the back of a pick-up truck while a crane hoisted one man up.

A crowd of people looked on as armed Taliban fighters gathered around the vehicle.

Another video showed a man suspended from a crane at a major roundabout in Herat with a sign on his chest reading: “Abductors will be punished like this”.

The display across several squares in the city is the most high-profile public punishment since the Taliban swept to power last month, and is a sign the Islamist hardliners will adopt fearsome measures silimiar to their previous rule from 1996 to 2001.

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