Afghan Taliban publicly flog kidnappers: Governor
Last Updated: Saturday, July 09, 2011, 22:56
  
Puli Alam: The Taliban publicly flogged four men on Saturday for kidnapping a doctor, a local official said.

The men were given dozens of lashes in a Taliban-controlled area of the Baraki Barak district in the eastern province of Logar, district governor Mohammad Rahim Amin said to a news agency.

"We have been informed that the Taliban lashed four kidnappers before the public in a remote area of the district where they have control," he said.

Amin confirmed that a doctor working for the district hospital, who had been kidnapped by unidentified men for ransom on Friday, was now free.

A spokesman for the Taliban, Zabiullah Mujahid, said to a news agency the militants were behind the flogging.

"We implement Sharia law in areas under our control, and will punish those who commit crimes, and those who want to defame us," Mujahid said.

The Taliban have formed shadow governments with their own police, courts and rule of law in towns across the country.

The staged public stoning or lashings of Afghans found to have committed robbery, adultery or kidnapping were common during the rebels' rule from 1996 to 2001.

The hard-line militants have led a growing insurgency against the Afghan government and foreign forces since they were ousted from power in a US-led invasion in 2001, following the 9/11 US attacks.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, July 09, 2011, 22:56


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