Angry Mob in Afghanistan Kills Lovers Who Eloped

Woman's own brothers said to have shot her
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2017 6:32 PM CST
Lovers Who Eloped Killed by Angry Mob in Afghanistan
Afghan women chant slogans during a protest demanding justice for a different woman who was beaten to death by a mob after being falsely accused of burning a Quran in downtown Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, March 24, 2015.   (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

A young couple eloped in Afghanistan and was later killed by an angry mob, the New York Times reports. The woman was said to have been married to someone else against her will, and eloped with her lover. Police caught the couple Saturday and held them on suspicion of adultery, and the mob descended on the police station within hours, eventually dragging the couple away and killing them as well as injuring three police officers, one seriously, in the process. The 250- to 300-person mob was said to have been made up mostly of the woman's legal husband's family, but it also reportedly included her own brothers and cousins. Witnesses say her brothers were the ones to shoot her, while her husband was the one to kill her lover. (More Afghanistan stories.)

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