Taliban Hangs Four Bodies in Public Square in Western Afghanistan

The Taliban hung four dead bodies in a public square in western Afghanistan, according to local witnesses, in a sign that the group is returning to some of its harsh punishments of the past.

Several residents of Herat, identified as Mohammad Nazir and Wazir Ahmad, said they saw the Taliban displaying the bodies in the city’s public square. Ahmad told The Associated Press that three of the bodies were then moved to other parts of the city for public display.

“When I stepped forward, I saw they had brought a body in a pickup truck, then they hung it up on a crane,” Nazir told Reuters.

An Associated Press video showed crowds gathering around the crane and peering up at one of the bodies as some men chanted.

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