A videotape of the the Taliban brutally executing an Afghan police commander has been released on the Internet. The Taliban used a heavy weapon to kill the Afghan commander, and then desecrated the man’s remains.
The videotape, which was released on the LiveLeak website, is undated. According to the caption, the tape shows the Taliban executing “a police commander in Paktia province after kidnapping him.” A US military intelligence official told The Long War Journal that the description accompanying the video “is accurate.”
The video begins by showing a bound man standing in a field. The cameraman then pans to a large group of Taliban fighters standing along a road, with a 82mm recoilless rifle, a weapon designed to destroy armored vehicles, in the foreground. A Taliban fighter is seen sighting the weapon, then another fighter kneels and fires at the man, who then disappears in an explosion.
The Taliban fighters are then seen hugging and heard yelling “Allahu Akbar,” or ‘God is the greatest.’
The Taliban fighters then move to inspect the body. Fighters poke the mangled remains with a stick and throw rocks at the corpse. Scores of Taliban fighters are then seen walking away from the corpse and moving toward nearby Toyota pickup trucks and buildings.
Paktia province is a stronghold of the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani Network, a Taliban subgroup whose leadership is based in Pakistan’s tribal agency of North Waziristan. The Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin also has a strong presence in Paktia province.
The Taliban have released similar execution videos in the past. Most recently, in July, a videotape of the Taliban brutally executing Pakistani policemen appeared on the Internet. Sixteen policemen who were captured during a battle in the district of Dir were lined up and shot.