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Boy, girl killed in Afghan acid attack 'over friendship'

2012-03-31 20:09

Ghazni - A 12-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy have been killed in an acid attack in Afghanistan, an official said Saturday, with witnesses claiming it was because of their friendship in what is an ultra-conservative country.

The bodies were discovered on Friday in wasteland in the Esfandi area of Ghazni province in south central Afghanistan, provincial police chief Zorawar Zahid told AFP.

"Their bodies and faces were burnt by acid," he said.

The police chief said officers were investigating the motive for the attack, but witnesses who found the bodies told AFP the two were probably killed because of their friendship.

No one has claimed the bodies, which are still in Ghazni hospital, police said.

The attack is the latest incident to highlight the dangers still faced by many young men and women in Afghanistan 10 years after a US-led invasion ousted the Taliban, notorious for their oppressive policies against women and conservative attitude towards relationships.

On December last year, a 17-year-old Afghan girl and her family were sprayed with acid, apparently after rejecting a marriage proposal. The girl, Mumtaz, was seriously injured when several masked gunmen broke into her home in the northern city of Kunduz and sprayed acid in her face.

Comments
  • cameronrh1 - 2012-03-31 20:43

    Radical Islam (Sharia) needs to be wiped out!

      Forest Gump - 2012-04-01 09:27

      U have it wrong. Sharia just means islamic law. An now where in sharia is this type of thing prescribed. Its people who are stuck in there own backward ways. In afghanistan, pakistan, egypt even in india a country with a hindu majority this type of happens regularly to christians ,muslims an who ever else . Blaming it on religion then just shows your level of ignorance an how much your viewpoint is is influenced by the media

  • Chris - 2012-03-31 21:15

    Welcome to planet earth. We like to think of ourselves as civilized, rational and loving beings, but clearly we are kidding ourselves. To those of you out there with real integrity, take care of you and yours. This is a harsh godless world.

  • Quentin - 2012-03-31 21:33

    A terrible punishment served on two very young people, at there age they were innocent!!!

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-03-31 21:56

    Religion... an evil made by men.

  • jerry.frey3 - 2012-03-31 22:14

    Decide for yourself. http://napoleonlive.info/what-i-think/afghanistan-behind-us/

  • crismoyo - 2012-03-31 22:30

    I wish these people could be transported to another planent. They have no respect human life.

  • zaatheist - 2012-04-01 04:28

    Where are the usual bunch of defenders of Allah and the religion of piece? ABDULLAH, Fidel and co?

  • ?????????? - 2012-04-01 04:54

    Typical western hypocrisy when criticising foreign cultures and societies. Only 25 years ago the west were making movies about good Pashtuns (ethnic Afghans) who fight evil Soviets and are hospitable par excellance i.e. they must receive you in their house even if you're a Russian war criminal who killed all their family (film title is "The Beast") and now they are the worst enemies of 'western culture'.

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-04-01 06:15

      ????? Absolutely I'm with you on that one...but do you criticise separate developement and Afrikaners???? Or does the sword only cut one way?? I'm just asking here. No matter what your answer may be, to kill young people, or any people by dosing them with acid is not the way of civilised people with value for life created by God in any form or religion. Or are they also just declared infidel because they care about each other.

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-01 07:02

    what do you expect from muslims they have no respect for women

  • Forest Gump - 2012-04-01 09:43

    Thinking this type of thing is restricted to islam cause of sharia which doesnt even condone this type of thing just shows how biased you are an how your world view is influenced by bad reporting. This can an does happen to anyone living in that side of the world because of whole communities being stuck in backwards traditions

  • Forest Gump - 2012-04-01 09:44

    Thinking this type of thing is restricted to islam cause of sharia which doesnt even condone this type of thing just shows how biased you are an how your world view is influenced by bad reporting. This can an does happen to anyone living in that side of the world because of whole communities being stuck in backwards traditions no matter if they jewish muslim hindu an whatever else

  • Forest Gump - 2012-04-01 09:45

    Thinking this type of thing is restricted to islam cause of sharia which doesnt even condone this type of thing just shows how biased you are an how your world view is influenced by bad reporting. This can an does happen to anyone living in that side of the world because of whole communities being stuck in backwards traditions no matter if they jewish muslim hindu an whatever else

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