Kabul, Mar 14 (AP) Afghan officials say that the Taliban have carried out another brutal punishment under their interpretation of Islamic law by cutting off a suspected thief’s hand and foot in public. Also Read - 'Online Exams Discriminatory,' Says Kapil Sibal Day After Delhi University Postpones DU Open Book Exam 2020

The young man was accused of robbery in a remote area in western Herat province that is controlled by the insurgents. Also Read - Bomb kills 3 tribal elders in Afghanistan; 9 police killed

Provincial spokesman Gulam Jilani Farhad says the incident happened yesterday in Obe district. He says the young man mutilated by the Taliban, Ghulam Farooq, is now being treated at the Herat hospital and that his condition is not life-threatening. Also Read - myEnglish: British Council launches new Eng learning course

District police chief Shir Agha Alkozai says he blames the Taliban but had no further details.

Taliban spokesmen could not be immediately reached for comment. Incidents of public punishment by the Taliban are common, especially in areas under their control. (AP) MRJ

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.