There's a disturbing new video of Taliban forces in Afghanistan shooting and killing a woman at point blank range for allegedly committing adultery with two Taliban commanders.
Reuters obtained the video on Saturday. Afghan officials say the man with the gun is a member of the Taliban. The video was supposedly shot last week outside of Kabul.
"Allah warns us not to get close to adultery because it's the wrong way," a man says as the gunman approaches the woman, according to Reuters. "It is the order of Allah that she be executed." The woman is sitting in the dirt with her back to the camera as the gunman approaches her. There's a crowd of other men surrounding them.
He fires twice and misses, connects on the third shot from no more than a few feet away. She collapses to the ground. He continues shooting. Her body flinches with every bullet that connects.
The Telegraph has the background on the 22-year-old woman in the video, and why she's being persecuted by the Taliban for adultery. Her name is reportedly Najiba:
Najiba had been married to one Taliban member and was accused of adultery with a Taliban commander, according to Roshna Khalid, Parwan’s provincial spokesman.
“Within one hour they decided that she was guilty and sentenced her to death. They shot her in front of villagers in her village,” she told the agency.
Provincial Governor Basir Salangi has already condemned the crime. "When I saw this video, I closed my eyes ... The woman was not guilty; the Taliban are guilty," he told Reuters.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague called the crime "disgusting," according to the Telegraph. The American embassy in Kabul offered this statement: "This cold-blooded murder, carried out in front of a crowd and recorded on video, is an unambiguous reminder to the Afghan people and the international community of the brutality of the Taliban."
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