Taliban Publicly Stones Couple Over Affair
Crowd of about 100 killed adulterers
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2010 5:30 AM CDT
In this photo taken on Thursday, July 22, 2010, Afghan women pass by the part of a parliamentary elections graffiti in Mazar-e-Sharif, north of Kabul, Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/Mustafa Najafizada)

(Newser) – The Taliban had a couple publicly executed by stoning in Afghanistan yesterday, because “they had an affair,” the governor of the Imam Sahib district tells the Daily Telegraph. About 100 people, many of them Taliban insurgents, gathered to hurl rocks at the couple, who were forced to stand, bound, in an empty field. The woman, 23, was engaged, and the man, 28, was married.

Afterward, a local Taliban commander contacted the media to confirm the killings. “The couple confessed they had eloped together and based on their confession they were stoned to death,” he said. The Taliban is notorious for handing out such harsh punishments in the areas of Afghanistan it controls, in accordance with Sharia Law. Last month, the insurgent group publicly flogged and executed a pregnant widow for supposed “adultery.”