Taliban review video showing summary execution

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The Taliban review video showing summary execution

Fighters of the National Resistance Front (FNR) in Panchir, 80 km north of Kabul. A video circulating on social media appears to show that the Taliban summarily executed members of the FNR.

The Taliban regime said on Wednesday it was “examining” a video posted on social media that appears to show its fighters summarily executing Afghan insurgents after their capture.

The National Resistance Front (FNR) , an operating group led by Ahmad Massoud, the son of legendary commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, said the video showed the execution of some of its fighters and accused the Taliban of war crimes.

The video, widely shared on social media, shows two groups of men crouching on a hill with their hands tied behind their backs, before being shot with automatic rifles by Taliban fighters.

The fighters can be heard shouting Allahu Akbar [God is the greatest], and a man saying Stop, stop once the captives have collapsed, apparently dead.

Analysis of the clip by AFP's video verification software showed that early versions of the footage appeared to have been uploaded within the last 24 hours.

We are looking into the matter to find out exactly when these videos were filmed and whether they are old, deputy government spokesman Bilal Karimi told AFP.

But so far, we have absolutely no idea where or when these videos were shot and who the people are in them,” he added.

The video went viral the day after the Taliban announced that their forces had killed at least 40 FNR fighters in the Panchir Valley, 80 km north of Kabul.

The FNR said those executed in the video were captured during clashes in the valley.

The criminal Taliban […] have again committed a war crime by killing eight FNR members, the insurgent group's spokesman, Sibghatullah Ahmadi, said on Twitter.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Manua) on Wednesday expressed serious concern over the latest reports of human rights abuses in Panchir.

The parties have clear international obligations, including respect for the rights of detainees, she stressed on Twitter, calling for the perpetrators of any crime to be brought to justice.

< p class="e-p">The FNR was the last group to resist the Taliban's takeover of the country, before seeing its Panchir stronghold fall into their hands in September 2021.

In May, the FNR announced that it had launched a broad offensive against the Taliban in the north of the country, and localized clashes oppose from the two camps.

The valley was made famous in the late 1980s by Ahmad Shah Massoud, before he was assassinated by Al-Qaeda in 2001.

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