Accessibility links

Breaking News

Militants Hang Taliban Commanders In Eastern Afghanistan

Afghan authorities are reporting that masked men hanged at least 11 Taliban commanders in eastern Afghanistan.

RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan quotes the governor of Nuristan Province, Hafez Abdul Qayyum, as identifying the militants as being from Lashkar-e Taiba, a Pakistani-based militant group.

No one has claimed responsibility, and that claim cannot be independently confirmed.

Qayyum said 100 militants entered Kamdesh district and executed the Taliban commanders for failing to adequately disrupt the first round of the country's presidential election in April.

The reports did not mention when the killings happened.

Afghan security forces released a video showing the militants, who were wearing black masks, hanging four of the local Taliban commanders.

Local residents said the militants could not speak Dari or Pashto and communicated with locals using gestures.

Based on reporting by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan, Tolo TV, and Khaama Press