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Taliban in search of video showing hanging

In July, the UN mission in Afghanistan accused the Taliban of committing hundreds of human rights violations.

In July, the UN mission in Afghanistan accused the Taliban of committing hundreds of human rights violations.

A government spokesman said on Wednesday that the Taliban was “investigating” a video circulating on social media that showed its fighters killing captured members of an Afghan insurgent group.

The National Resistance Front (NRF), a nascent group operating mainly out of the Panjshir Valley, said some of its fighters were killed in the video, and accused the Taliban of “war crimes”.

In a video being widely shared on social media, two groups of men with their backs tied behind their backs are shown sitting on a hill before being shot by Taliban fighters with automatic rifles.

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Fighters can be heard shouting “Allahu Akbar”, and later a man is heard saying “Stop this, stop it” when the captives lean forward, apparently dead.

checks by AFPThe U.S.’s digital verification team showed earlier versions of the video only appeared online in the past 24 hours, and government spokesman Bilal Karimi said officials were investigating.

“We are looking to find out when these videos were filmed and whether they are out of date,” said Mr. Karimi. AFP,

“But as of now, we don’t know exactly the location, timing or who the people in the videos are.”

The footage went viral a day after the Taliban said that its forces had killed at least 40 NRF fighters in clashes in the Panjshir Valley.

The NRF said that those killed in the video were caught during fighting in the Valley.

Sibgatullah Ahmadi, the insurgent group’s spokesman, said on Twitter: “The criminal Taliban … again committed a war crime by shooting and martyring eight NRF members.”

The Sundar Panjshir Valley is famous for being the center of Afghan resistance to the Soviet occupation of the 1980s and the Taliban’s first term in power in the late 1990s.

It was Afghanistan’s last battle against the Taliban when they returned to power in August last year.

The NRF is led by Ahmed Masood, son of the great anti-Soviet and anti-Taliban fighter Ahmed Shah Masood.

Bade Masood, known as the Lion of Panjshir, was assassinated by al-Qaeda in 2001, two days before the September 11 attacks in the United States.

Her son has since taken the lead against Taliban forces, repeatedly denouncing the Islamic regime as “illegitimate”.

In July, the UN mission in Afghanistan accused the Taliban of hundreds of human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings and torture, since seizing power.

Many of the victims were former government officials and members of the National Security Force, the mission said, a charge the Taliban denied.

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