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Taliban kills Afghan woman accused of adultery

A woman accused of adultery has been shot to death by insurgents in north-eastern Afghanistan, according to provincial officials.

Ahmad Naweed Frotan, a spokesman for the Badakhshan provincial governor, said that Amir Begum was killed by Taliban insurgents late on Tuesday night in Yumgan district.

He added that the insurgents accused the woman of having sexual relations with a man and killed her.

Meanwhile, one civilian was reportedly killed by a rocket fired by the insurgents in southern Helmand province.

Ghulam Nabi Charkhi, head of the provincial counter-terrorism department, said three others, including a small child, were injured in the attack in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital.

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The Lashkar Gah attack took place as Afghanistan's chief executive Abdullah Abdullah was about to leave the city with other officials after a visit to assess security in the province. None of the officials were harmed.

Meanwhile, in the eastern Khost province five police and three small children were injured when a police vehicle hit a remotely-detonated roadside bomb, said Ghani-ul Rahman, the deputy provincial police chief.

The Taliban have stepped up attacks across Afghanistan since the US and Nato formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014, leaving a smaller contingent of troops behind to focus on training and counter-terrorism.

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