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The Taliban hung a body from a crane in Herat’s main square in western Afghanistan, a witness said on Saturday in a gruesome demonstration that signaled a return to the Taliban’s brutal methods.

Wazir Ahmed Seddiqui, who runs a pharmacy on the side of the square, told The Associated Press that four bodies were brought to the main square and three bodies were taken to other parts of the city for public display.

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Seddiqui said the Taliban announced at the square that all four had been involved in the kidnapping and that the police had killed them.

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Ziaulhaq Jalali, the Taliban-appointed district police chief in Herat, later said that Taliban members rescued a father and son who had been kidnapped by kidnappers after an exchange of gunfire. He said the hijackers wounded one Taliban fighter and one civilian, but “all four were killed in the crossfire.”

Mullah Nuruddin Turabi, one of the founders of the Taliban and a main proponent of a harsh interpretation of Islamic law when they last ruled Afghanistan, told the AP this week that the hard-line movement was once again revolting against the hanging and amputation of hands. Although probably not publicly.

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After the Taliban captured Kabul and took over the country on August 15, Afghans and people around the world are watching to see if they will re-establish their harsh regime of the late 1990s. Even as they embrace technological changes such as video and mobile phones, the group’s leaders remain embroiled in a deeply conservative, rigid worldview.

Also on Saturday, a Taliban official said a Taliban car rammed into a roadside bombing in the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, injuring at least one person.

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No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing. Affiliates of the Islamic State group, headquartered in eastern Afghanistan, have said that 12 people were killed behind similar attacks in Jalalabad last week.

Taliban spokesman Mohammad Hanif said the man injured in the attack was a municipal employee.