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Afghanistan executes six death row prisoners in crackdown on Taliban

Afghanistan hanged six men convicted of terrorism, as part of a tougher new policy towards the Taliban promised by President in response to last month's suicide attack in Kabul

Ayaz Gul for Voice of America reports: Authorities in Afghanistan hanged six men on death row who were convicted of “grave crimes against civilians and public security.”

Taliban officials swiftly confirmed those executed belonged to the insurgent group and vowed to “take immediate, bloody revenge.”

The executions were performed after the direct orders of Afghanistan President. The move came as retaliation for last month’s complex suicide bombing, carried out by Taliban, who have claimed responsibility for the deadly assault. The attack sparked widespread domestic outrage and international condemnation.

The death sentences, carried out at the Pule Charkhi prison on the outskirts of Kabul on Sunday, drew an immediate response from the Taliban which said the departments of state involved in the executions would be treated as "military targets" and threatened a wave of more suicide attacks. Meanwhile, Taliban fighters have already attacked police checkpoints on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the main city in Helmand province.

 In response to Taliban threats, Ghani pledged to intensify his military response to the insurgency and to endorse execution orders of convicted militants.

International rights group Amnesty International had urged the Afghan leader not to endorse the execution orders, saying “hastily seeking retribution for the horrific” Kabul attack will neither bring the victims the justice they deserve nor Afghanistan the security it needs.

The Taliban group warned that prisoners being kept by them would also face the same fate if Ghani enforced executions of its prisoners and threatened to target those who passed the death sentences.

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA.

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