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Highlights:
• On Saturday, a report stated that the Taliban hanged a dead body from a crane in the main square of Herat city
• The report added that they brought four bodies to the main square of Herat city and moved three of the bodies to other squares
• Wazir Ahmad Seddiqi stated that after the Taliban said that the four were caught during a kidnapping attempt and were killed by the police
• No official announcement has been made by the Taliban regarding the public display of the bodies

On Saturday, a report stated that the Taliban hanged a dead body from a crane in the main square of Herat city, the third-largest city of Afghanistan. The report added that the Taliban brought four bodies to the main square of Herat city and moved three of the bodies to other squares for public display.

Witness Wazir Ahmad Seddiqi stated that after the Sunni Pashtun fighters brought the body to the main square, they said that the four were caught during a kidnapping attempt and were killed by the police.

No official announcement has been made by the Taliban regarding the public display of the bodies. Earlier, Mullah Nooruddin Turabi stated that the Taliban will carry out executions and amputations again as they did during their previous rule.

The Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has been re-established in Afghanistan, and the ministry was responsible for ordering some of the most brutal killings during their previous rule. The Ministry also enforced stricter interpretation of Sharia law and punished the violators through ways that opposed international human rights laws.

Earlier, a Taliban spokesperson, stated that the violators will be punished according to the “Islamic rules.” During the Taliban’s rule from 1996-2001, some of the most common punishments included flogging, stoning, amputating, and public execution.

The international community has been closely observing the developments in Afghanistan and the reports of killings and abuses taking place in Afghanistan after the Taliban’s takeover. The Taliban is trying to project a different face and has given repeated assurances of respecting human rights.

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