The bodies of four kidnappers have been hung by the Taliban from cranes in the Afghan city of Herat.
It’s understood that the four men died during a shootout.
Their dead bodies were displayed in various public areas on the same day as the killings to send a message that kidnapping would not be tolerated.
Images are circulating on social media showing the bodies being lifted by a crane from the back of a pick-up truck.
One video shows a man being suspended from a crane at a roundabout in Herat with a sign on his chest displaying the message; “Abductors will be punished like this”.
This is the most high-profile public punishment since the Taliban recently gained control over Afghanistan.
It has also caused some concern amongst many that it’s a sign of the group adopting fearsome measures similar to their previous rule from 1996 to 2001.
It’s understood that a businessman and his son were abducted in the city this morning and that the Taliban had intervened, stopping the men at a checkpoint where an exchange of fire broke out.
Herat’s province’s deputy governor Mawlawi Shir Ahmad Muhajir stated, “As a result of a few minutes of fighting, one of our Mujahideen was wounded and all four kidnappers were killed,”.
He added, “We are the Islamic Emirate. No one should harm our nation. No one should kidnap,”. The two victims were released unharmed.
Mr Muhajir stated that there had been previous incidents of kidnappings in the city and that a boy had been rescued by the Taliban.
“In order to be a lesson for other kidnappers not to kidnap or harass anyone, we hung them in the squares of the city and made this clear to everyone that anyone who steals or abducts or does any action against our people will be punished.”
Senior Taliban figure Mullah Nooruddin told Associated Press that the group would restore punishments such as amputations and executions to deter criminals.
Condemning Turabi’s comments, the United States said that any potential recognition of the Taliban-led government would depend on respect for human rights.