Taliban EXECUTE brother of one of the Afghan resistance fighters’ leaders and refuse to let relatives bury him so that ‘his body can rot’
Taliban EXECUTE brother of one of the Afghan resistance fighters’ leaders and refuse to let relatives bury him so that ‘his body can rot’

Taliban militants have executed the brother of one of the Afghan resistance fighters' leaders and have refused to let relatives bury him, his nephew said on Friday.

The man was the brother of Amrullah Saleh, the former Afghan vice president who became one of the leaders of anti-Taliban opposition forces in the Panjshir valley.

The news that Saleh's brother Rohullah Azizi was killed came days after Taliban forces took control of the provincial centre of Panjshir, the last province holding out against them after the took control of the rest of Afghanistan last month.

'They executed my uncle,' Ebadullah Saleh told Reuters in a text. 'They killed him yesterday and would not let us bury him. They kept saying his body should rot.'

The Urdu language account of the Taliban information service Alemarah said that 'according to reports' Rohullah Saleh was killed during fighting in Panjshir. 

The man was the brother of Amrullah Saleh (pictured in 2019), the former Afghan vice president who became one of the leaders of anti-Taliban opposition forces in Panjshir Valley

The man was the brother of Amrullah Saleh (pictured in 2019), the former Afghan vice president who became one of the leaders of anti-Taliban opposition forces in Panjshir Valley

Saleh, a former head of the National Directorate of Security, the intelligence service of the Western-backed government that collapsed last month, is at large though his exact location remains unclear.

The National Resistance Front of Afghanistan, which groups opposition forces loyal to local leader Ahmad Massoud, has pledged to continue opposing the Taliban even after the fall of Panjshir's provincial capital Bazarak.

The news of Rohullah Saleh's execution comes after the UN warned the Taliban have started carrying out 'reprisal killings'. 

The UN envoy for Afghanistan Deborah Lyons said there had been 'credible allegations' of targeted killings 'despite the many statements granting general amnesties'.

She added Afghan security officials and people who worked for the previous administration were at risk. 

The Taliban have been at pains to present a reformed image since sweeping to power on August 15, pledging a more moderate brand of rule.   

But videos and footage from inside Afghanistan have told a different story, showing the militants beating and whipping people on the streets as reports emerged of targeted killings and fighters going door-to-door searching for blue US passports. 

Earlier, a second charter flight carrying foreigners out of Afghanistan left Kabul airport - the latest sign Kabul Airport is close to resuming commercial operations after the chaotic US-led evacuation ended on August 30. 

Just over 100 foreigners, including 13 Brits, left Kabul yesterday on a charter flight.

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