The Taliban have executed three civilians in Western Afghan province of Herat in an apparent bid to terrify government servicemen, the police said on Saturday.
"The rebels sprayed bullets and killed three brothers (of a family) on charge of spying for the government in Gazara district Friday," Ikramudin Yawar, senior police officer in west Afghanistan, told Xinhua.
He said the victims were innocent civilians and did not work for the government.
"Those committed the heinous crime belong to Taliban commander Ghulam Yahya Akbari," he added.
Taliban militants who often targeted government interests have not made any comment.