Taliban execute couple for trying to elope

A TALIBAN firing squad executed a young Afghan couple for trying to elope, it has emerged.

The woman, 19, and the man, 21, were accused of immoral acts and a council of clerics decided that they should be killed, said Ghulam Dastagir Azad, governor of the south-western province of Nimroz.

The two had fled their homes and hoped to travel to Iran, but their parents sent villagers to bring them home. Riflemen in the Khash Rod district shot the couple with AK-47s.

The Taliban movement ruled Afghanistan from 1996-2001 and put in place harsh social rules that forbade unmarried men and women to talk or meet in public. Women were not allowed out of their homes without a male relative, and girls could not go to school.

Taliban have widened their influence in the last three years in districts where there are not enough US, NATO or Afghan forces to establish a full presence.


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