Taliban Execute Couple For Eloping
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Taliban insurgents publicly executed a man and girl yesterday for eloping when she was engaged to marry someone else. Hashim Noorzai, head of Khash Rud district, Nimroz, said the two were killed by gun shots in front of a crowd of villagers. He had no details on how the Taliban had come to be involved in passing judgement, but said much of the mainly desert district was under their control. Nimroz is a sparsely populated area near the Iranian and Pakistani borders where foreign or government troops have little presence. Like much of southern Afghanistan, it has become a stronghold for Taliban fighters who were driven out of Kabul in 2001 but are making a comeback in the south and east.