22 Nov 2012

Executions resumed in Afghanistan

8:40 am on 22 November 2012

Six prisoners have been hanged in Afghanistan, bringing to 14 the number of executions in the past two days. Executions have been rare since the Taliban fell in 2001.

Officials told the BBC that those hanged were criminals and not linked to the Taliban or al-Qaeda.

The BBC reports the move is likely to please many Afghans who complain that serious crime is on the rise.

The Taliban condemned the executions, describing them as a breach of prisoners' human rights.

More than 250 inmates are on death row.