Photos apparently show the Taliban using nooses to parade men with painted black faces around a street in Afghanistan.
The images were tweeted by Afghani journalist Bilal Sarwary from the city of Herat, located about 500 miles west of Kabul. According to the Washington Examiner, the photos were taken before Taliban forces took control of Kabul on Sunday (August 15). The fall of the capital city prompted chaos as American forces worked to evacuate.
“Taliban accused these men of theft, their faces were colored with black color –– to embarrass them and were paraded in Herat city after the Friday prayers,” Sarwary wrote in the tweet.
“Taliban style justice often means hands of thieves are cut off,” Sarwary also noted.
Herat, the third largest city in Afghanistan, became like a “ghost town” before the Taliban arrived, provincial councilman Ghulam Habib Hashimi told Reuters.
“The city looks like a front line, a ghost town. … Families have either left or are hiding in their homes,” he said.
President Joe Biden has remained steadfast about the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, despite the growing crisis.