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 statement.

PTI


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


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