Afghanistan: Taliban hang bodies of 4 kidnappers in Herat
02 October 2021 | 6:31 pm
The fundamentalist group, which now rules Afghanistan, put the bodies on display to deter others. The move comes after a Taliban founder said executions and amputations will return.
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