Sunday, July 8, 2012

Afghan woman executed for adultery, locals vow revenge

CHARIKAR, AFGHANISTAN—Sayed Jalal furrowed his eyebrows in anger as he vowed to avenge the public execution of a woman in front of a large crowd not far from Kabul, brazen violence that spurred shock and sharp condemnation from Afghan authorities and the United States.

The Taliban denied involvement in the killing in Parwan province, in which an unnamed woman’s head and body were riddled with bullets at close range in punishment for alleged adultery. Authorities in Kabul directly blamed the Islamist group.

“We will take revenge for this. Their brutality and such inhumane acts are why we hate the Taliban,” said the 42-year-old shopkeeper in Charikar, provincial capital of Parwan about 25 kilometres south of Shinwari, where the killing took place.

The execution was recorded in a three-minute video, obtained by Reuters, which shows a woman in a shawl being repeatedly shot in front of around 150 men perched on a hill, who cheer and praise the attackers, calling them “mujahideen,” a term the Taliban call themselves.

NATO’s top commander in Afghanistan, U.S. Gen. John Allen, called it “an atrocity of unspeakable cruelty.” Read More