A gruesome video has caught the Taliban’s take on adultery in Afghanistan.
A Taliban fighter was caught on tape executing a woman accused of adultery with repeated shots to the back of her head as villagers and compatriots watched and cheered. The execution took place in a village less than an hour away from Kabul, the country’s capital.
“This cold-blooded murder, carried out in front of a crowd and recorded on video, is an unambiguous reminder to the Afghan people and the international community of the brutality of the Taliban,” the U.S. Embassy in Kabul said in a statement.
In the video, Taliban members can be heard saying that the executioner is the woman’s husband, although there are conflicting reports from Afghan officials.
Colonel Masjidi stated that the woman’s real husband is a member of a village militia that was responsible for the murder of a local Taliban leader. The woman was executed in revenge on trumped up charges of adultery, according to the Colonel.
Roshna Khalid, a spokeswoman for the provincial government, stated that the woman was killed for having multiple affairs with Taliban fighters.
A member of the provincial council, Qari Abdul Rahman Ahmadi, stated that the woman had run off with a Taliban commander. The commander was accused of leaking information to government officials and was shot to death in a nearby village before the woman was moved to Qol-i-Heer to be executed by her husband, according to Mr. Ahmadi.
In the video, the woman, Najiba, is seen kneeling in the background with her body turned away from the camera and her head covered with a gray scarf. Her turban-clad husband is seen approaching the woman and shoots her five times at close range with an automatic rifle. The 150 or so men in the crowd cheer as the execution occurs.
“Allah warns us not to get close to adultery because it’s the wrong way,” another man states as the shooter gets closer to the woman. “It is the order of Allah that she be executed.”
When the woman, Najiba, falls sideways after being shot several times in her head, the spectators chanted: “Long live the Afghan mujahideen! (Islamist fighters),” a name the Taliban use for themselves.
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