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Afghan officials say a woman has been executed after being accused of adultery in a remote Taliban-controlled village in the western province of Ghor.

Abdul Hai Khatibi, a provincial government spokesman, said on February 8 that the execution was carried out in the remote Taliban-controlled village of Zanu on February 5.

The woman was identified by her first name, Zahra, but her age was unknown.

Khatibi said Zahra was detained by the Taliban along with a man, identified as Ayub. Ayub was shot while trying to flee and is currently in Taliban captivity, the spokesman said.

However, district Governor Muhammad Hussein Daneshyar told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan that the woman was shot dead by her husband, who accused her of having an extramarital affair.

Afghan official say the area has been under militant control for more than a year.

There was no comment from the Taliban.

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission says Ghor is among the provinces with the highest number of so-called Taliban "desert courts."

Based on reporting by dpa, Khaama.com, and RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan
RFE/RL correspondent Masum Muhammadrajab (file photo)

BISHKEK -- A correspondent for RFE/RL's Tajik Service, who was detained by Kyrgyz border guards at a disputed segment of the border between the two Central Asian nations, has been released.

Masumi Muhammadrajab was released in the evening of February 8, after eight hours in detention.

Earlier, Kyrgyz border guard spokeswoman Gulmira Borubaeva told RFE/RL that Muhammadrajab had been detained on February 8 for failing to cross the border through a Kyrgyz checkpoint.

Muhammadrajab was detained in the Bobojon Gafur district, where he had been sent to cover a dispute that emerged after Kyrgyz border guards installed their national flag on a Tajik-owned private house on February 6, claiming that the building was on Kyrgyz territory.

Many parts of the borders between the five Central Asian countries have remained in dispute since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

In recent years, the tension along the Kyrgyz-Uzbek and Kyrgyz-Tajik borders have intensified after outbreaks of violence involving residents and border guards from all sides.

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