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Afghan Taliban kill young woman, man for eloping

April 14, 2009 | Washington Post new window By AMIR SHAH and RAHIM FAIEZ

KABUL -- A Taliban firing squad killed a young couple in southwestern Afghanistan for trying to elope, shooting them with AK-47s in front of a crowd in a lawless, militant-controlled region, officials said Tuesday.

The woman, 19-year-old Gul Pecha, and the man, 21-year-old Abdul Aziz, were accused by the militants of immoral acts, and a council of conservative clerics decided that the two should be killed, officials said...

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