Public amputations in Afghanistan

Five members of Afghanistan's Taleban Islamic movement had their right hands and left feet publicly amputated on Friday.

Thousands of men and dozens of women gathered at Kabul's sports stadium to watch the punishment after a military tribunal found all five guilty of robbery.

Masked doctors performed the amputations and the severed limbs were put on display as a warning.

The Taleban say they are on a mission to create the world's purest Moslem state. They claim to have reduced crime to almost zero by imposing their ultra-orthodox Islamic views on public behaviour.