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'Heroes of Islam and the country': Taliban promises land to families of suicide bombers who targeted U.S., Afghan troops

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The Taliban have promised property plots to the relatives of suicide bombers who perpetrated attacks against American and Afghan troops, according to the Associated Press.

"The Taliban's acting interior minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani, offered the reward to dozens of family members of bombers gathered at a Kabul hotel, Interior Ministry spokesman Saeed Khosty tweeted on Tuesday," the AP reported.

Speaking to those present at the assembly Monday, Haqqani lauded the sacrifices of "martyrs and fedayeen," Khosty tweeted, according to the AP. Haqqani described those individuals as "heroes of Islam and the country," the spokesman noted.

At the conclusion of the gathering, he provided 10,000 Afghanis ($112) to each family and promised each a plot of property, according to the outlet.

"The promise of rewards for suicide bombings signals conflicting approaches within the Taliban leadership," according to the AP. "They are trying to position themselves as responsible rulers, who promise security for all and have condemned suicide attacks by their rivals, the militant Islamic State group. On the other hand, they praise such tactics when it comes to their followers."

The news comes after the chaotic U.S. pullout from Afghanistan earlier this year for which the Biden administration has faced heavy criticism. The Taliban, which swiftly took control in the country, seized the capital city of Kabul in mid-August. The U.S. announced the completion of its pullout later that month, even as Afghan allies and some U.S. citizens were still in the country.

During an interview with the AP last month, Taliban figure Mullah Nooruddin Turabi indicated that hand amputations would again be carried out under the group's rule in Afghanistan.

"Cutting off of hands is very necessary for security," he stated, saying it had a deterrent impact.

"No one will tell us what our laws should be. We will follow Islam and we will make our laws on the Quran," Turabi said during the interview, according to the outlet.

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