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Afghan Police Arrest Five Over Beating Video

Afghan artists perform a re-enactment of the lynching of Farkhunda, a 27-year old woman who was killed in April.

Afghan police have arrested five people after they were allegedly filmed beating a man and his daughter accused of robbery by a village fortune-teller.

The Interior Ministry said the arrests took place near the northern town of Sar-e-Pul on August 15.

The assault occurred earlier this month after a resident of Thughi village near Sar-e-Pul suffered a robbery and consulted a fortune-teller to identify the culprit.

A video of the event, which shows a man hitting a young woman with a large stick as a crowd looks on, went viral on social media and was picked up by local media.

In May, film of a young woman being beaten to death by a mob in Kabul after she was wrongly accused of burning a Koran sparked global outrage and highlighted the vulnerable position of many women in Afghanistan.

Based on reporting by Reuters

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