A 30-year-old woman has been beheaded in a remote northern Afghan village for entering a local market without her husband, local media reported.
The incident took place in the village of Latti in Sar-e Pul Province, in northern Afghanistan on Monday evening.
Provincial Governor spokesman Zabiullah Amani told The Nation that the 30-year-old was targeted by the Taliban because she was shopping in the market without her husband, who is in Iran. The two of them do not have children.
Under Taliban rule, women are not allowed to leave their home unless accompanied by a male relative.
Nasima Arezo, head of the women’s affairs department for the area, confirmed the incident to local media.
“The woman was beheaded with a bayonet attached to an AK-47 after an argument with the Taliban in her remote village, which is part of the provincial capital,” Arezo said.
Arezo added that the Taliban was responsible for the beheading. The village of Latti is currently under Taliban control.
Khamma Press reported that Taliban insurgents denied involvement in the incident saying that unknown gunmen were responsible. No arrests have been made.