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Afghan woman beaten to death was innocent: Minister

An Afghan woman who was beaten to death and set on fire by a mob was innocent, the interior minister said on Monday.

The woman named Farkhunda was lynched on Thursday by an angry crowd in central Kabul. “The accusation against her is completely invalid. Farkhunda was a religious girl, she was not involved, she was innocent,” interior minister Noorulhaq Ulumi told MPs during questioning in parliament.

“It is very painful that we were not able to protect a pious young person. We hope this will not be repeated again.”  Footage of the attack on social media shows several uniformed police watching as the crowd beat 27-year-old Farkhunda to death before burning her body, then dumping it into the Kabul river.

In a statement yesterday the interior ministry said 13 police officers had been suspended, including the police chief responsible for the area. More than a dozen other people were arrested over the incident. Scores of people protested against the lynching in Kabul on Monday, demanding the government bring the killers to justice.


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