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The Taliban on Wednesday carried out the first public execution in Afghanistan since the Islamists retook control in August last year.
According to government spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid, the execution took place in northwestern Farah province.
Mujahid said many high-ranking Taliban leaders were present during the execution-by-shooting of a man who confessed to murdering a person five years earlier.
“Three rounds were fired by the dead person’s father using an AK-47 rifle (to execute the murderer),” Mujahid tweeted.
The confessed murderer was identified as Tajmeer of the Herat province.
He had allegedly stabbed a man from Farah province to death and fled with his motorcycle and a cell phone.
Public executions were widespread in the previous Taliban government (1996–2000).
During that time, the Taliban had banned women from all public life, including schools, and confined them to their homes, based on a rigorous interpretation of Islam and its harsh social code known as Pashtunwali.
The Islamist militia pledged to modify and implement a milder version of the brutal rule that defined its previous tenure in office.
But the execution and many other harsh decisions, like curbing women’s education and employment rights, mark a return of the group’s extremist behavior and interpretation of Sharia law.