Afghan Woman’s Public Execution Sparks Outrage

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, ordered the arrest Monday of any and all participants in the public execution of a woman accused of adultery, the executioners are

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, ordered the arrest of all participants and onlookers seen in the video.

thought to be Taliban. The arrest was ordered after after the government became aware of  an amateur video that had surfaced of a burqa-clad woman sitting on the ground while a man standing a few feet away shoots her nine times before a cheering mob.  In a statement released by the president’s press office, Karzai condemned the killing and ordered security officials to arrest and punish those involved

The execution bring about uncertainty regarding the 2014 withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan and what that will mean for women, who regained basic rights of education and voting after the fall of the Taliban in 2001.


Officials in Afghanistan, where the amateur video was taken, believe the woman was executed because two Taliban commanders had a dispute over her, according to the governor of the province where the killing took place.

It seems that both men were in a kind of relationship with the woman, Parwan province Gov. Abdul Basir Salangi said. To save face, they accused her of adultery, Salangi told CNN on Sunday. Then they “faked a court to decide about the fate of this woman and in one hour, they executed the woman,” he added. Both Taliban commanders were subsequently killed by a third Taliban commander, Salangi said.

Afghan Woman's Public Execution Sparked International Outrage
Afghan Woman’s Public Execution Sparked International Outrage

Karzai called on officials to track down everyone involved, including those in the video. “We went there to investigate, and we are still looking for people who were involved in this brutal act,” he said Sunday. U.S. Army Gen. John Allen, commander of NATO-led forces in Afghanistan, said he was encouraged by reports that provincial police were “investigating the circumstances surrounding this atrocity.”

He also offered the assistance of NATO troops to track down those responsible for the killing, according to a statement released by the U.S.-lead International Security Assistance Force.





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