Taliban execute five police officers

The Taliban have executed five police officers and hung their bodies from trees as a warning to villagers against working with government.

The Taliban slashed the police officers’ hands and legs and hung the bodies on trees Saturday in Gazak village of Derawud district.

The officers had been abducted two months ago from their checkpoint in southern Uruzgan province, said Juma Gul Himat, the provincial police chief.

“The Taliban told the people that whoever works with the government will suffer the same fate as these police officers,” Himat said. “This village is under Taliban control. There are more than 100 Taliban in this village.”

Insurgency-related violence in Afghanistan has soared this year, killing more than 6,000 people, a record number, according to an Associated Press count based on figures from Western and Afghan officials.