Afghanistan hangs 5 prisoners convicted of kidnapping and murder

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The Afghan government has hanged five prisoners convicted of kidnapping and murder in a prison in the capital, Kabul yesterday, a statement by the Interior Ministry said.

The “organised criminal group’’ was convicted in connection with several kidnappings in Herat, including the abduction and subsequent murder of Mohammad Shah Aymaq, the son of a deputy chief of a construction company.

The construction company is in the western province, interior ministry spokesperson Najib Danish said in a statement on his Facebook page.

The executions were carried out following an order by the Afghan President and the final verdict of the court, the statement added.

Among the five executed was Haji Askar Anwari, a former member of Heart’s Provincial Council, an interior ministry official confirmed, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Death sentences are rarely carried out in Afghanistan, but President Ashraf Ghani approved the order of executions for six people convicted of terrorism in May 2016.

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