Afghanistan reports of torture and killing contradict Taliban’s promises

Afghanistan reports of torture and killing contradict Taliban’s promises
Afghans gather on a roadside near the military part of Kabul airport hoping to flee the country after the Taliban’s takeover. Source: AFP/Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Evidence of Taliban intimidation, detentions, and killings is emerging across Afghanistan, ominously contradicting the militia group’s promises earlier this week not to take revenge against its opponents.

With reports of the Taliban fighters going door to door searching for people who worked with the western countries or former Afghan government, claims have also emerged of Taliban torturing and killing members of an ethnic Hazara community in Afghanistan after overrunning their village last month.

Amnesty International said in a report that its researchers had spoken to eye witnesses in Ghazni province who recounted how the Taliban members killed nine Hazara men in the village of Mundarakht between 4 and 6 July.

Hazaras are Shia Muslims community in Afghanistan who were previously persecuted by the Taliban. Hazara members made major gains in education and social status in recent years.

The head of Amnesty International, Agnès Callamard, said the brutality of the killings was “a reminder of the Taliban’s past record and a horrifying indicator of what Taliban rule may bring”.

The human rights group said many more killings may have gone unreported because the hardline Islamist group cut mobile phone services in many areas they have captured to prevent images from being published.

Taliban fighters, in a separate incident, killed a relative of an Afghan journalist working for the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. The German broadcaster revealed that three more of its journalists had had their homes raided.

There have been reports that demonstrators being killed in several cities in recent days, and the intimidation and beating of those trying to flee the country, not least around the airport in Kabul. After taking control of Afghanistan, Taliban leaders repeatedly promises they will not take any revenge.

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