Taliban `executioner` caught in Afghanistan: Spy agency

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 20:03

Kabul: Afghanistan`s spy agency said on Tuesday its agents had captured an alleged Taliban executioner
responsible for public beheadings and other grisly killings on
behalf of the Islamist militia.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) accused
Mullah Jumah, 30, of being involved in the public executions
on March 21 of three men accused by the Taliban of
collaborating with US-led troops.

The claims could not be verified independently.
"Mullah Jumah has confessed to having worked as a
Taliban executioner in Helmand province since 2009, and having
beheaded dozens of people," NDS spokesman Lutfullah Mashal
told reporters.

On March 21, Jumah was assisted by two other men in
killing three alleged security guards helping the US-led
coalition in the southern flashpoint provice of Helmand, the
agency said.

Jumah allegedly told interrogators that the trio
worked as escorts for convoys supplying US-led NATO troops and
were sentenced to death by a purported Taliban court.

Jumah also allegedly said the Taliban have formed
"Fatwa commissions" to prosecute prisoners by edict issued by
religious clerics under Islamic law.

"Taliban and other terrorists use different methods to
keep local people in a state of terror, including public
killings, beheading and lashings," Mashal said.

The picture of a man with a long beard, said to be
Juma, was shown to reporters.

The Taliban, who ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until the
2001 US-led invasion implanted a Western-backed
administration, regularly execute people they accuse of spying
for the government and coalition forces.

The militants are fighting a near 10-year insurgency
against around 130,000 Western, mainly US troops, which has
steadily worsened.

Three children were killed today and four other
people, including women and children, injured in crossfire
between US-led troops and insurgents in north of the country,
the coalition said.

It said the children died when a cornered rebel opened
fire and threw a hand grenade at them in the middle of the
gunfight in Faryab province.

Several rebels were also killed, it said in a


First Published: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 20:03

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