9 Jul 2012

Accused Afghan woman executed in public

Internet footage of an Afghan woman being executed in front of villagers by a suspect Taliban gunman is being investigated by authorities in Kabul. The 22-year-old woman from a village in Parwan province, north of the Afghan capital where there is little government control, was reportedly accused of adultery.

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'A 22-year old woman was shot in the head by the Taliban insurgents one week ago in Shinwari district of Parwan province,' a local government official who asked not to be named said on Sunday. Parwan has recently seen a rise in violence, with Taliban insurgents taking over villages in at least two districts.

'The villagers from where she was killed gave us a 37-second video, which shows the woman sitting in a field and about 100 villagers are there to watch her execution,' the official said. The villagers say a local Taliban commander had an illegitimate relationship with the woman and that his colleagues killed her to save his reputation.

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