Photos show horrific injuries inflicted on Afghan reporters by Taliban as the group clamp down on freedom of speech (photos)

Two Afghan journalists were brutally beaten by the Taliban for covering the women's protests in Kabul.

Recall that it was reported earlier this week that Taliban soldiers rounded up women protesters in a supermarket and opened fire while journalists covering the protest were taken to an unknown location (read here).

Shocking pictures and videos have now emerged, showing what was done to the journalists after they were detained on Tuesday, September 7.

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Photographer Nematullah Naqdi and reporter Taqi Daryabi were taken to a police station by the Talibans and beaten with cables for four hours, leaving them with severe welts and bruising to their backs and legs.

Video of them emerging after being tortured by the Taliban show them unable to stand on their own. They had to be held up on each side by men as they staggered out.

The journalists, who work for Kabul-based media outlet Etilaat-e Roz, had been reporting on protesters demanding an end to Taliban violations of the rights of women and girls when they were arrested.

According to Human Rights Watch, the two men were taken to a police station in Kabul and placed in separate cells before being tortured with cables.

They were released on Wednesday, September 8, and were treated in a nearby hospital for the injuries on their backs and faces.

The pair say they were beaten with batons, electrical cables and whips.

Naqdi told Agence France-Presse: "One of the Taliban put his foot on my head, crushed my face against the concrete. They kicked me in the head… I thought they were going to kill me."Latest Post