Extrajudicial killings: Graphic video shows Taliban execution of security forces

Army spokesperson says the men were captured on June 1.


Agencies July 19, 2011

PESHAWAR:


The Taliban have released a video showing the execution of more than a dozen security forces in the Upper Dir district last month, police said.


The video, posted on the LiveLeak website, shows at least 15 men in shalwar-kameez suits, lined up before four militants with their faces covered.

Army spokesperson Major-General Athar Abbas said that the security men had been captured by militants during a cross-border raid in Dir district on June 1.

A senior police official said the video was filmed on the same day, while Mian Iftikhar Hussain, information minister for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, also confirmed that the video was from Upper Dir.

A commander, seemingly Taliban, and other bearded fighters armed with Kalashnikovs and rocket-propelled grenades stand in front of the apparent policemen, none of whom are in uniform.

The commander then delivers a brief speech, declaring policemen enemies of Islam and deserving of death.

“These are the enemies of Allah’s religion and have left Islam. Allah orders to kill such people,” he says in Pashto.”We arrested them in fighting here. They killed six innocent children in Swat in the same way,” he claims.

The commander and his fighters then opened fire on the men, who cry out in pain. They later pumped bullets into the still alive victims at close-range.

Mir Qasim Khan, police chief for Upper Dir district, put the number of victims in the video at 18. “This was a pre-dawn attack and that’s why most of them are not wearing uniforms,” he said.

Another police official said that at the time 500 militants, including Afghan and Pakistani Taliban, took part in the attack which began before dawn on June 1 and continued throughout June 2.



Published in The Express Tribune, July 19th, 2011.

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COMMENTS (43)

Moise | 9 years ago | Reply

@mind control: First of all Taliban never issued any comment against Pakistan (Counter gangs like TTP dont count). Making video is also haram, have you ever saw Mullah Omar video speech? (CIA agent OBL and MI6 Zawahiri dont count).

Taliban biggest crime they started considering Argentinian company for pipeline project which led to Enron demise. Second biggest crime is to cut the funding of CIA by declaring opium production haram and destroying opium production. This is the time when these videos started appearing and witch hunt started.

You might have seen these videos recently but this type of video are turning up since 80s. These videos turned up in Yugoslavia, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Yemen, Libya, Egypt, Thailand, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc. Why not get some history books and come out of trance of "US is our friend" mindset and understand empires run on oil and opium, not on religion.

mind control | 9 years ago | Reply

@Moise

Counter gang at its best. Kill policemen, video tape it and frame Taliban. How naive you think people are?

If you a representative sample, then I would say, VERY. You have to be really naive to believe that Taliban need 'framing' to prove their bloodlust.

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