Taliban jihadists, notorious for their sexism and misogyny, have reportedly killed at least two women in northeastern Afghanistan amid a spike in violence against women currently plaguing the war-ravaged country.
On Tuesday, the Taliban shot and killed the pregnant woman, identified as Amir Begum, in front of her family for allegedly having an affair, reports the Associated Press (AP). The report cites Ahmad Naweed Frotan, a spokesman for the governor of Badakhshan province where the two murders took place.
The following day, the terrorists executed an unidentified young girl after she and her family repeatedly rejected a marriage proposal from one of the terrorist group’s local leaders, Mawlavi Saifullah, adds Khaama Press (KP), citing a statement from the Badakhshan province government.
AP does not mention that Tuesday’s victim had been pregnant.
However, KP reports:
The Taliban militants executed a pregnant and a girl in northeastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan in an apparent honor killing.
The local government officials said the pregnant was killed in the residence of her father late on Tuesday night.
Northeastern Badakhshan province shares a border with Tajikistan, Pakistan, and China.
The Taliban accused Begum of adultery and killed her in front of her family, revealed the spokesman for the Badakhshan provincial governor.
Taliban terrorists have failed to comment on the execution of the two women, notes KP.
The two executions came nearly a month after Taliban-linked armed men beheaded a woman in Sar-e-Pul province “because she had visited the city alone without her husband,” reported TOLO News.
Moreover, a woman, identified only as Maryam, lost her unborn baby last month after being shot 11 times by the jihadist group. The incident took place Badakhshan province where the Taliban killed the two women this week.
Violence against women appears to be on the rise in Afghanistan as the Taliban steps up attacks and captures more territory.
An unidentified jealous husband recently tied up his young wife, identified only as Zarina, and cut off both her ears.
The American government has invested tens of millions in taxpayer funds to improve conditions for women in Afghanistan since the U.S. military removed the Taliban regime in late 2001.
Nevertheless, incidents of brutal attacks against women continue across the country.
The Afghan government has lost control and influence over nearly half of the country.
“Of the 407 districts of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, 233 districts were under government control (83 districts) or influence (150), 41 districts (in 15 provinces) were under insurgent control (9) or influence (32), and 133 districts were ‘contested,’” reports the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), an American watchdog agency, citing U.S. Forces in Afghanistan (USFOR-A).
“Previously USFOR-A has described contested districts as having ‘negligible meaningful impact from insurgents,’ contending that neither the insurgency nor the Afghan government maintains significant control over these areas,” adds SIGAR.