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    Taliban Carry Out 2nd Known Public Execution Since Seizing Power in Afghanistan

    Taliban Carry Out 2nd Known Public Execution Since Seizing Power in Afghanistan

    's Taliban rulers Tuesday carried out what is believed to be the second confirmed public execution since the religious group took power in 2021, according to the country's Supreme Court.

    The court had sentenced to death a man identified only as Ajmal from the capital who was found guilty of murdering five people in two separate incidents last year.

    The execution was carried out with an assault rifle by the son of Siad Wali, one of five men killed by Ajmal. It took place outside a mosque near the offices of the provincial governor in eastern Laghman province according to Islamic law, the high court said in a statement.

    Relatives of the four other men who were killed by Ajmal witnessed the execution.

    The latest public execution is likely to draw criticism from the international community. It comes just a month after the United in a report strongly criticized the Taliban for carrying out public executions, lashings and stonings since seizing power, and called on the country's rulers to halt such practices.

    In May, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said in the past six months alone, 274 men, 58 women and two boys were publicly flogged in Afghanistan.

    The Taliban-run Supreme Court in Kabul said when the case against Ajmal was brought to the government's attention, it thoroughly examined and investigated and said three different courts eventually upheld the death…

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