Reports: Taliban Execute Surrendered Police Chief in Chilling Video

Haji Mullah Achakzai

Video shared across social media appears to show Haji Mullah Achakzai, the police chief of the Badghis province, blindfolded and bound before Taliban fighters shoot him multiple times. Images via Twitter and Facebook.

Disturbing video surfaced Thursday, Aug. 19, allegedly showing the Taliban executing the police chief of the Badghis province, a stark contradiction to promises of amnesty for their enemies.

The video shows a man identified as Haji Mullah Achakzai blindfolded and kneeling before being surrounded by Taliban fighters who shot him multiple times, Newsweek reported. Achakzai fought the Taliban alongside the Afghan civil government, and insurgents had been searching for him since taking control of Afghanistan, according to Newsweek.

“He was surrounded by the Taliban and had no choice but to surrender,” Afghan security adviser Nasser Waziri told Newsweek. In a tweet sharing the chilling video, Waziri said the execution happened Wednesday night.

taliban spokesmen

A Taliban spokesman reassures viewers Kabul is safe in a video posted to Twitter Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. Screenshot via Twitter.

A Taliban spokesman reassures viewers Kabul is safe in a video posted to Twitter Aug. 15, 2021. Screenshot via Twitter.

Video of the execution has been shared widely on Twitter, the same platform where Taliban spokesmen have repeated assurances that the new regime “has its door open for all those who have previously worked and helped the invaders, or are now standing in the ranks of the corrupt Kabul [administration]” and promised not to harm “life, property and honor.”

If true, Achakzai’s slaying adds to concerns that the Taliban’s new charm offensive is simply an act. Members of the Afghan National Army have told Coffee or Die Magazine that the Taliban are going “house by house” searching for those who formerly stood with the United States, actions Taliban spokesmen deny.

Taliban pledges that women’s rights and the rights of journalists would be respected are also being met with growing skepticism.

In his first news conference this week, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the group wanted private media to “remain independent” but said journalists “should not work against national values.” On Friday, Reuters reported that Taliban fighters searching for a journalist from the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle shot and killed one member of the journalist’s family and injured another. Afghan journalists have reported being beaten and having their homes raided, and some female journalists have been told they are not allowed on TV.

Read Next: An Afghan Translator Became a US Soldier — Now He Fears for His Family

Hannah Ray Lambert is a former staff writer for Coffee or Die Magazine who previously covered everything from murder trials to high school trap shooting teams. She spent several months getting tear-gassed during the 2020-21 civil unrest in Portland, Oregon. When she’s not working, Hannah enjoys hiking, reading, and talking about authors and books on her podcast Between Lewis and Lovecraft.
More from Coffee or Die Magazine
With the US and India deepening their military ties, the Himalayan mountain chain marks another geopolitical flashpoint with China.
With its iconic folding wings and six machine guns, the Corsair proved exceptionally lethal in World War II and beyond.
Letter bombs mailed to the US Embassy in Madrid and Spanish government offices triggered elevated security at Naval Station Rota.
The Air Force will officially reveal the replacement for the B-2 stealth bomber on Friday, Dec. 2.
When he was released, after 28 months as a prisoner, he thought he would face charges. Instead, he was told he’d won the highest award for valor.
A Connecticut man faces up to 20 years behind bars for trying to join Islamic State group terrorists.
The annual matchup was first played in 1890 and has since become something much bigger — and more important — than just a football game.
A blaze erupted on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, injuring nine sailors before it was extinguished.
The encounter highlighted a trend of increasingly aggressive Chinese military behavior in the region.
Marines and sailors see the landing assault ships Tripoli and America as light carriers.