Unidentified hackers have broken into the main website of the Afghan Taliban, replacing the usual militant claims of victories with images of executions carried out by the militants and messages condemning violence in English, Arabic, and Pashto.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told the Reuters news agency that the Al-Amara website was broken into twice on April 26 and blamed Western intelligence agencies.
A NATO spokesman declined to comment on the claim.
Some of the images posted by the unidentified hackers on the Taliban website showed women being beaten or killed by militants, while one message in English condemned the killing of innocent people.
The Taliban has in recent months waged an intensifying information war with NATO forces in Afghanistan, including by distributing antigovernment messages on mobile-phone networks and Twitter.
Based on reporting by Reuters and INP