A woman and her daughter accused of moral deviation and adultery were shot dead, allegedly by the Taliban, in their eastern Afghanistan home Friday, according to reports.
The two attackers burst into the home of the widow and her daughter in Ghazni city at around 4:00 a.m., said Ghazni provincial police chief Zilawar Zahid, AFP reported.
They were killed inside their house, Zahid said. An investigation is under way to find out why they were killed and Afghan police have arrested two men in connection with the case. Zahid denied reports that the women had been stoned to death.
Mohammad Jan, a neighbor of the women, said they had been accused of adultery and immoral activities.
The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission logged 1,026 cases of violence against women in the second quarter of 2011 compared to 2,700 cases for the whole of 2010.
Despite a 10-year invasion led by the United States, and the ousting of the Taliban's harsh regime, the latest killings highlight the still-present dangers Afghan women face. According to statistics reported by the charity Oxfam last month, 87 percent of Afghan women have endured physical, sexual or psychological violence.
The BBC reported that the site of the killings was not far from the provincial governor's office and the police chief's office.