Taliban Flogging Men
Taliban militants flog two men and a teenage boy in a video that has emerged from Pakistan's tribal belt along the Afghan border, showing the hold of insurgents in at least one area there despite army offensives and intensified US missile strikes in the region.
The video was shot on a mobile phone on February 3 and passed to a local journalist who occasionally provides video to Associated Press television news.
The man who provided the clip said it was taken in the Mamozai area of the Orakzai tribal region though there was no way of verifying that because travel there is dangerous for outsiders. The tribal elder requested anonymity out of fear for his life.
The Taliban are known to beat people in areas they control if they are suspected of criminal acts, spying or violating the militants' ultra-strict interpretation of Islamic law.
People accused of serious crimes are often reportedly killed.
Using a piece of rope or leather, a militant repeatedly strikes a man who wears trousers but no shirt and who looks to be covered in dirt or soot. The man at times has to be restrained. He falls to the ground repeatedly, but is hauled back up during the beating.