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Taliban Reportedly Execute Afghan Woman For Adultery

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Afghan officials say the Taliban have executed a woman after a Taliban court found her guilty of adultery in the western province of Ghor.

Abdul Hai Khatibi, a provincial government spokesman, said on February 8 that the execution was carried out in the remote Taliban-controlled village of Zanu on February 5.

The woman was identified by her first name, Zahra, but her age and marital status were unknown.

Khatibi said Zahra was detained by the Taliban along with a man, identified as Ayub. Ayub was shot while trying to flee and is currently in Taliban captivity, the spokesman said.

He said the area has been under the militants' control for more than a year.

There was no comment from the Taliban.

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission says Ghor is among the provinces with the highest number of so-called Taliban "desert courts."

Based on reporting by dpa and