Report: Taliban killed captives in restive Afghan province

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — The Taliban captured, tied up and shot 27 men last month in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley during an offensive against resistance fighters in the area. killed in battle.

A video of the murders, verified by the report, shows five men blindfolded with their hands tied behind their backs. Then Taliban fighters spray them with gunfire for 20 seconds and shout out to celebrate.

The investigation by Afghan Witness, an open-source project of the British nonprofit Center for Information Resilience, is a rare verification of allegations that the Taliban used brutal methods against opposition forces and their supporters, the researchers said. Since taking power in August 2021, the Taliban have imposed a stricter and stricter rule, even as they push for international recognition of their government.

Afghan Witness team leader David Osborn said the report provides the “clearest example” of the Taliban carrying out an “orchestrated purge” of resistance fighters.

Afghan Witness said it analyzed dozens of visual social media sources — mainly videos and photos — to definitively link a group of Taliban fighters to the killings of 10 men in Panjshir’s Dara district, including the five killed in the video were mowed down.

It said it also confirmed 17 other extrajudicial killings from further images on social media, all of which show dead men with their hands tied behind their backs. Videos and photos of Taliban fighters holding the bodies helped geolocation and chrono-location, as well as providing close-ups of the fighters on the ground. These were compared to other videos suspected of containing the group.

“Using open source techniques, we established the facts surrounding the summary and systematic execution of a group of men in the Panjshir Valley in mid-September,” Osborn said. “At the time of their execution, the detainees were tied up and posed no threat to their Taliban captors.”

Enayatullah Khawarazmi, the Taliban-appointed spokesman for the defense minister, said a delegation is investigating the videos released on social media. He said he could not provide more details as the investigation is still ongoing.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman for the Taliban-led government, was not immediately available for comment.

Related Post

Last month it was reported that Mujahid said the Taliban had killed 40 resistance fighters and captured more than 100 in Panjshir. He gave no details on how the 40 men died.

The force that fought in the mountainous Panjshir Valley north of Kabul – a remote area that has defied conquerors before – emerged from the last remnants of Afghanistan’s shattered security forces. It has vowed to oppose the Taliban after they conquered the country and seized power in August 2021.

Ali Maisam Nazary, head of foreign relations at the National Resistance Front for Afghanistan, said: “The Taliban have committed war crimes by killing POWs who completely surrendered to them and the videos are proof of this.”

Afghan Witness said it has credible evidence of another 30 deaths as a result of last month’s Taliban offensive against alleged resistance fighters in Panjshir.


Conversations are opinions of our readers and are subject to the Code of Conduct. De Ster does not endorse these opinions.

Recent Posts

US Senate votes to avoid a nationwide rail strike

But an amendment to guarantee paid sick leave for railroad workers fell short of the…

8 mins ago

Rishi Sunak and Jeremy Hunt are facing Tory rebellion over VAT free shopping

Rishi Sunak and Jeremy Hunt face Tory rebellion over VAT-free shopping as critics say tourist…

10 mins ago

Jenna Bush Hager reveals how she went COMMANDO to a dinner with King Charles

Jenna Bush Hager has confirmed she went commando at her recent dinner with King Charles…

10 mins ago

Dereck Chisora talks about brawls and cigars as well as his fight with Tyson Fury

EXCLUSIVE: 'I got in trouble, so I dropped the C in my name just in…

13 mins ago

Sydney was officially named as one the world’s most costly cities

Sydney has been ranked as the tenth most expensive city in the world to live…

13 mins ago

After performing livestreamed concerts during Covid, Amber Lawrence, a country music star, returns to the stage.

Country music star Amber Lawrence is excited to return to the stage after livestreaming concerts…

21 mins ago