Kabul/London:  In a horrific incident, a Taliban love triangle has led to a burqa-clad woman been executed in Afghanistan with an AK47 with baying villagers cheering in delight, a media report said.

In a video, a woman named as Najiba is shot repeatedly in the back in front of a crowd of men in Qol village in Parwan province just north of the capital Kabul.

The woman was married to a member of a hardline Taliban militant group and was accused of adultery with a Taliban commander, Parwan provincial spokeswoman Roshna Khalid said on Sunday.

"Within one hour they decided that she was guilty and sentenced her to death. They shot her in front of villagers in her village, Qol," she said, adding that the execution took place late last month.

Officials in Afghanistan, where the amateur video was filmed, believe the woman was executed because two Taliban commanders had a dispute over her, according to the governor of the province where the killing took place.

Both apparently had some kind of relationship with the woman, said Parwan province governor Abdul Basir Salangi.

"In order to save face," they accused her of adultery, Salangi was quoted.

Then they "faked a court to decide about the fate of this woman and in one hour, they executed the woman," he added.

Both Taliban commanders were subsequently killed by a third Taliban commander, Salangi said.

It is not clear from the video when it was filmed.

Britain shocked

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said he was "shocked and disgusted" by reports that the Taliban publicly executed an Afghan woman accused of adultery.

The British government condemned the "deplorable" action and called upon Afghanistan's rulers to bring the perpetrators to justice.

"I am shocked and disgusted by [the] reports," said Hague in a statement yesterday. "Such deplorable actions underline the vital need for better protection of the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan."

The foreign minister explained that the British government was working with its Afghan counterparts, NGOs and international partners to improve the status of women in Afghanistan.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earlier made a powerful plea for the rights of women in the war-ravaged nation after a horrific video emerged showing the public execution of the 22-year-old woman.


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