Taliban Warns of Retaliation After Afghanistan Hangs Six Terrorists

KABUL, Afghanistan (dpa/TNS) -

The Taliban warned that it will avenge the deaths of six terrorists convicted of terrorism who were hanged in Afghanistan Sunday.

The Taliban said in a statement that “thousands of mujahedeen are ready to take revenge from the enemy.”

Presidential spokesman Shah Hussain Mortazavi said earlier in the day that the prisoners had attacked civilians or had been deemed threats to public security.

After a suicide attack in Kabul last month that killed at least 64 people, President Ashraf Ghani said his government would take a harder stance towards insurgents.

According to a list released by the government, those executed were four Taliban terrorists, one from the Haqqani network and an al-Qaida member.

The government said one of the militants had been found guilty of the assassination in September 2011 of Burhanuddin Rabbani, a former Afghan president and chief of the peace council set up to initiate talks with the Taliban.

Mohammad Ismail, the Haqqani network member, was convicted for the suicide bombing in a supermarket in January 2011 that killed eight people.