Sources: Former U.S. embassy employee in Kabul dies under ‘Taliban torture’

Relatives of Ahmad Farid Irfani, a former employee of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, say he died from torture inflicted by the Taliban.

Family members, who wished to remain anonymous, reported that Irfani had told them he was beaten and forcibly taken away by the Taliban, who then tortured him through the night.

The sources did not provide any information on why Irfani was arrested by the Taliban.

One relative told Amu, “His body bore marks from rifle butts and gun barrels. He was severely tortured. He died on the way to Ibn Sina Hospital.”

Photographs of Irfani’s body, obtained by Amu, show wounds on his forehead, eyes, face, and shoulders.

Relatives said that Irfani had worked for the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and was carrying documents related to his application for a Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) at the time of his arrest.

Originally from Ab Dara in Panjshir, Irfani leaves behind five young children, now facing an uncertain future. He was buried on Monday in his home village of Ghim, Ab Dara, Panjshir.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesperson, did not respond to Amu’s request for comment.

The Taliban has frequently been accused by international organizations of extrajudicial killings of civilians, particularly in Panjshir.