Woman executed by Taliban for not wearing burqa as fighters patrol streets

A woman in Afghanistan was killed by the Taliban for not wearing a burqa in public, according to reports.

The news comes as reports suggest that death squads are hunting down activists and government workers, and those who worked with western organisations, especially during the last fall of the Taliban after 9/11.

A photo of the alleged killing published by Fox News on Wednesday shows a woman's body lying in a pool of blood as she is tended to by several people crouching around her.

The victim was allegedly executed for going out in Taloqan, Takhar province, without a burqa.

Terrifying footage also shows a group of Taliban fighters zooming down a street in a 4×4 vehicle, opening fire as their flag flutters in the wind.

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The incidents come despite the new Taliban leadership offering reassurances for people's safety.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the group's spokesman, said that it would not seek revenge against those who had fought against it and would protect the rights of Afghan women "within the rules of Sharia law".

An Afghan and former State Department contractor told Fox News that Taliban fighters had been beating civilians trying to get to the airport to escape the country.

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"There was kids, women, babies, old women, they could barely walk," he said. "They [are in a] very, very bad situation, I'm telling you.

"At the end, I was thinking that there was like 10,000 or more than 10,000 people, and they’re running into the airport … The Taliban [were] beating people and the people were jumping from the fence, the concertina wire, and also the wall."

The source also said that squads of Taliban fighters were patrolling neighbourhoods in search of people who had assisted the US Army.

He said that one such squad of men had questioned his neighbours about him.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the group's spokesman, declared the Taliban's largely uncontested victory a "proud moment for the nation" yesterday, and vowed to impose Sharia law on Afghanistan, with the situation for regular citizens likely to get worse.

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In total, the UK hopes to help 6,000 to 7,000 British nationals and eligible Afghan staff to leave the country via Kabul.

But as the Taliban tighten their grip on the capital, this could become more and more difficult and Britain's senior officer heading the Kabul evacuation has admitted that it's possible that not everyone will make it out.

Vice Admiral Ben Key said the rescue bid is totally down to "consent" from the Taliban who could stop the dramatic evacuation at any time because they are in charge.

He admitted from his UK HQ: "We may find that, as the defence secretary made clear, that the security situation on the ground may make it untenable to continue to evacuate."

It came as the Mirror learned the Taliban hunted down and rounded up local ex-security guards in Kabul, whisking them away at gunpoint.

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