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Afghanistan: Taliban commander stoned to death

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 12:44

Washington: In a rare case of reversal of
brutality, enraged villagers stoned to death a senior Taliban
Commander and his bodyguard after they had shot dead a
60-year-old man, accusing him of being a government agent in
southern Afghanistan.

The stoning episode happened on Sunday evening in Helmand
province when two Taliban men roared up on a motorcycle to a
Mosque in the village of Trekh Zaber, where Yaar Mohammad and
his two sons were waiting to celebrate Iftar, after breaking
fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

The militants ordered Mohammad to come to them and shot
him point blank, killing him instantly, the New York Times
reported quoting Haji Hayatullah, a district council member.

As their father fell to the bullets, his two sons pounced
on the motorcycle-borne terrorists, pulling them down. Other
villagers joined the youths in stoning the men to death.

The two killers were later identified as a top Taliban
commander of the region and his bodyguard.

Officials said that Mohammad had received threats from
Taliban, but apart from being friends with former provincial
governor, had no official role in the government.

The case, local officials said was a rare case of
brutality aimed at Taliban with the local provincial governor
saying that it was part of signs "that people won`t tolerate
Taliban`s barbaric actions anymore."


First Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 12:44
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