Taliban Carry Out First Public Execution

A Taliban fighter and viewers attend the execution of three men in Ghazni Province in 2015. Credit: Reuters

The Taliban has performed its first public execution since taking power in August 2021. The father of a murder victim shot and killed the murderer. Several officials attended the execution. The Taliban approached the murder victim’s mother about the punishment. She asked for an execution.

The Taliban recently told Afghan judges to enforce their interpretation of sharia law throughout the country.

Fourteen people also suffered floggings in front of a filled soccer stadium. The victims sustained between 21 and 39 lashes and had been accused of crimes like adultery and theft. The group included three women.

Greg Kelly with World Mission says, “We’re naive to think that the Taliban was going to behave any differently than they have for decades and decades. The truth is that the day after the pull-out, the Taliban immediately began behaving the same way they had: persecuting Christians, targeting Christians.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


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