Four bodies were hung in the heart of the Afghan city of Herat in a grim sign that the Taliban are r

Four bodies were hung in the heart of the Afghan city of Herat in a grim sign that the Taliban are reinstating its hard-line rule even as they are trying to project a more moderate image. Mulwi Shir Ahmad Ammar, the city’s deputy governor, said the four men had kidnapped a local trader and his son Saturday morning and had intended to take them out of the city, about 500 miles west of the capital, Kabul. They were killed during an exchange of gunfire that left one Taliban fighter wounded, he said, adding that their bodies were strung up “in order to be a life lesson for other kidnappers.” A senior Taliban commander said public execution was “the only solution” to deal with crimes, particularly kidnapping and murder. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not officially authorized to speak. Read more on this story at the link in the bio. 📸 @apnews

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