Taliban executes Afghan woman accused of adultery
AN Afghan woman accused of adultery was executed by a purported member of the Taliban as a crowd of about 150 men looked on and cheered in a killing captured in video footage that surfaced at the weekend.
The slaying occurred just an hour's drive from Kabul and is a grim reminder of the hardline group's brutality, under whose rule from 1996 to 2001 women suffered severe privations, including being banned from attending school.
As international troops start to leave in advance of total withdrawal in 2014, concerns are mounting about whether the fledgling Afghan National Security Forces will keep insurgents at bay.
The video, obtained by Reuters, shows a woman wrapped in a shawl, kneeling in the dirt. A turban-clad man approaches and fires on her at close range with an automatic rifle.
Another man is heard saying: "Allah warns us not to get close to adultery because it's the wrong way. It is the order of Allah that she be executed."
The woman was involved -- either by consent or force -- with two Taliban commanders and was killed in order to settle a dispute between them, according Parwan's Provincial Governor Basir Salangi.
According to Agence France Presse, the woman was a 22-year-old called Najiba. The fate of the Taliban commanders is not known.
"When I saw this video, I closed my eyes," Mr Salangi told Reuters. "The woman was not guilty, the Taliban are guilty."
The footage emerged as international donors pledged €13bn in development aid for Afghanistan over the next four years. (© Independent News Service)