Afghan woman killed for burning Koran

Amnesty International records the hardships women face in Afghanistan.

Amnesty International records the hardships women face in Afghanistan.

Kabul [AFP]

An Afghan woman has been beaten to death and her body set on fire by a mob in Kabul for allegedly burning a copy of the Koran.

‘A woman burned a copy of the Koran in the Shahi Doshamshira neighbourhood,’ the head of Kabul’s criminal police General Farid Afzali told AFP on Thursday.

The woman’s body was then thrown into the Kabul River, Afzali added.

The police were trying to disperse the angry crowd of ‘thousands of people’ who had gathered in the densely populated neighbourhood, he said.

Interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi also confirmed the incident, saying a probe into the ‘very unfortunate’ event was underway.

Photos of the attack were circulating on social media late Thursday.

In 2012, the revelation that copies of the Koran had been burnt at the US-run Bagram prison sparked five days of violent anti-US riots and attacks across the country, which killed 30 people.

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