The Taliban freed the merchant and his son and killed the kidnappers. The bodies of the kidnappers were then hanged on Saturday in four different locations in the city of Herat, the journalist and another source said.
The deputy governor of Herat, Shir Ahmed Ummar Muhajir, also told a local journalist: “Four people were killed and an armed member of the Islamic Emirate was wounded in a clash in the 14th district of Herat.
Video and footage from Herat shows a man hanging from a crane in a central plaza. A witness told CNN a crowd gathered to view the body.
A student and activist in the city told CNN that the men “were shot during the operation and then hanged for people to learn a lesson.”
The Taliban made no comment.
Earlier this month, the bodies of four suspected kidnappers were dumped in a central plaza in Mazar-i-Sharif. They were reportedly killed in a shootout with the Taliban after abducting several children.
The events follow recent reports of severe repression by the Taliban across Afghanistan since they seized power in the nation in August.
Meanwhile, the Taliban have also recently denied allegations that Afghan girls and women are banned from secondary education, but the militant group has yet to say when they will be allowed to return to school, despite the fact that they will be allowed to return to school. call for boys to resume their studies.