News - Afghanistan
Taliban leaders in western Herat province have executed two alleged kidnappers by firing squad after holding a drumhead court-martial, local officials said.
According to reports, two men allegedly kidnapped the child of a family in the Pashtun Zarghun district. They were captured by the Taliban while the father of the child was paying them for the child's release.
"Although, the exact location of the [execution] is not clear yet, there are insecure areas in the Obe district in which the incident probably took place," Herat police chief Gen. Sayed Abdulghafar Sayedzada told TOLOnews.
Residents of Obe district confirmed that the Taliban executed two people by firing squad in the district after holding the drumhead court-martial while scores of residents were watching.
TOLOnews obtained amatuer footage of an execution showing two men being blindfolded and executed.
Herat Governor Dr. Daud Shah Saba also confirmed the reports, saying that the Taliban killed the two civilians ten days ago after charging them with kidnapping.
"These people escaped the law and have gone to these criminals [Taliban]. And the Taliban killed them in a volley of bullets at a drumhead court-martial," he said.
He condemned the actions of the Taliban, saying that the kidnappers had been associates of the Taliban and were collaborating in most of the kidnappings throughout Herat.
Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) in Herat denounced the execution and drumhead court-martials.
AIHRC chief, Herat office, Abdulqader Rahimi said: "A drumhead court-martial is not accepted by the Human Rights Commission by any means. We ask that those who have acted this crime to be referred to the judiciary organisations."
He said the commission officials are concerned about the increase of other groups exacting justice in the western provinces.
Officials added that the alleged kidnappers had been under investigation by the police but the Herat police had not succeeded in identifying and arresting them which opened the way for the Taliban to act as they did.