Earlier, a video spread through social media, showing two men torturing and later killing an Afghan comic and blogger known as Nazar Mohammad. The killing took place amid instability surging in the country reportedly as a result of the departure of US forces.
An official representative of Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahid, confirmed on Thursday that the two men who murdered Nazar Mohammad are members of Taliban, according to ABC news.
The spokesman stated that the offenders had been arrested and now await trial. Mujahid also claimed that the dead comic was a member of Afghan’s national police and had been implicated in the torture and execution of members of the Taliban. Mujahid stressed that Mohammad was to have been prosecuted, not killed.
Nazar Mohammad from the southern part of Kandahar province and used the alias Khasha Zwan. He was widely known in Afghanistan for his TikTok videos, in which he used jokes, performed songs, made fun of himself and of current events suggested to him by fans.
New Circle of Violence in Afghanistan
Tensions are rising in the country as the US continues to pull all of its troops out of Afghanistan. Clashes between units of the Afghan government forces and the Taliban are now taking place in almost all provinces, including areas in the north, north-east and central provinces like Ghazni and Maidan Wardak. Organized armed groups of the Taliban were said to be approaching major cities such as Kunduz, Herat, Kandahar and Lashkar Gah.