The Taliban carried out a public execution of a man convicted of murder, the brother of the murdered man shot the convict five times

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The Taliban today carried out a public execution of a man convicted of murder in northern Afghanistan, the third execution carried out in the last five days. Thousands of people watched the execution at a sports stadium in Sheberghan, the capital of northern Yavzyan province, despite a snowstorm.

The brother of the murdered man, according to eyewitnesses, shot the convict five times with a rifle. The security around the stadium was strong, said a witness who wished to remain anonymous, reports AP.

This is the fifth public execution since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in August 2021, when US and NATO troops withdrew from the country. The Taliban, despite initial promises of a more moderate rule, immediately after coming to power began to carry out severe public punishments - executions, floggings and stonings.

The sentences are similar to those from their previous rule of Afghanistan in the late 1990s. The statement said the latest death sentence was carried out after it was approved by the country's three highest courts and the Taliban's supreme leader, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada.

The executed man, identified as Nazar Mohammad from Bilcheragh district of Faryab province, killed Khal Mohammad, also from Faryab. On Thursday in the southeastern province of Ghazni, the Taliban organized the execution of two men convicted of the murder.

Relatives of the victims shot the two men dead, also in a sports stadium, as thousands of people watched. Over the weekend, a man and woman convicted of adultery were each flogged 35 times in the northern province of Balkh.

Two other people in the eastern province of Laghman received 30 lashes each for allegedly committing immoral acts. The United Nations has strongly criticized the Taliban for carrying out public executions, floggings and stonings and called on the country's rulers to stop such practices.

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