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Militants 'kill female author'

Militants in Afghanistan have killed an Indian woman whose memoir about marrying an Afghan man and life under the Taliban was made into a Bollywood film, officials said.

The killing of Sushmita Banerjee is the latest in a string of attacks on prominent women in Afghanistan, adding to fears women's rights will recede even further in the country after US-led foreign forces leave.

Provincial police chief general Dawlat Khan Zadran said suspected Taliban militants arrived early Thursday morning at Ms Banjerjee's residence in Paktika province.

They tied up her husband before taking her outside and shooting her. Mr Zadran and another top official identified her by her local name, Sahib Kamal, but also said her last name was Banerjee.

Ms Banerjee wrote Kabuliwala's Bengali Wife, the basis for the 2003 film Escape from Taliban.

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