Afghanistan on Sunday hanged six Taliban prisoners, who were convicted of “grave crimes against civilians and public security.” As a consequence of Afghanistan execution, Taliban vowed to “take immediate, bloody revenge.”
The executions took place in Pul-i-Charki prison, on the outskirts of Kabul and President Ashraf Ghani ordered it. President Ghani has recently vowed to intensify military responses with insurgents, as there is little hope for peace negotiation. The execution was stopped during President Hamid Karzai’s rule when the government thought that Taliban will go into peace negotiation but Afghan government was disappointed by the Taliban.
According to VOA, the move resulted from last month’s complex suicide bombings which killed 70 and wounded hundreds of people in Afganistan. The attacks outraged people in the country and were condemned by the international community as well.
“In accordance with the Afghan constitution… Ghani approved the execution of six terrorists who perpetrated grave crimes against civilians and public security,” Mail Online quoted the statement by Afghan Presidential Palace.
“This order has been carried out today after… considering the human rights obligations of Afghanistan… and in accordance with Afghan laws,” the statement further read.
Among the executed were two Taliban members, who were involved in the assassinations of two senior government officials. One of them assassinated Burhanuddin Rabbani in 2011. Rabbani served as the country’s temporary president after the Taliban was toppled by US forces 10 years earlier. Another one was involved in the assassination of the deputy chief of the Afghan National Directorate of Security, Abdullah Laghmani in 2009.
The Washington Post stated, that the government had released the photos of the six executed men but only the details of the two were given. However, the officials informed that the six executed prisoners were found guilty of committing crimes against “civilian national security.” They added that the president ordered the executions in response to “repeated demands of the families of the victim of terrorist attacks.”
Meanwhile, Taliban has vowed to take revenge for the Afghanistan execution. Taliban Spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said, “for taking our revenge on the enemy, we have thousands of equipped suicide bombers.”