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Taliban blamed in revenge killing

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The Taliban has killed a woman accused of murdering her mother-in-law in the eastern Afghan province of Ghazni, officials said.

The mother-in-law was pushed into a bread oven by two sisters, and died from her burns, the BBC reported Saturday.

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The incident followed a verbal clash Monday in the remote Abe Band district, about 40 miles east of the provincial capital Ghazni City, the report said.

An unnamed official told the BBC it appears the mother-in-law's family approached the Taliban after the incident, and suspects the insurgents gave an AK-47 assault rifle to the brother of the dead woman, and asked him to shoot one of the daughters-in-law in public.

One of the sisters was pregnant and her life was spared, although she may be killed after her baby is born, the report said.

The Abe Band district is considered to be a Taliban stronghold, and several Afghans were beheaded in the district last year after the Taliban accused them of spying for foreign forces.

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