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A 19-Year-Old Was Stoned To Death For Adultery While Men Filmed It With Their Phones

The man she was eloping with was given a lashing.

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Rokhshana's death was filmed on mobile phones by onlookers as a group of men, said to be "Taliban, local religious leaders, and armed warlords" by Radio Free Europe, recited an Islamic creed and hurled rocks at her.

Afghanistan's president, Ashraf Ghani, released a statement calling the stoning "extra-judicial, un-Islamic, and criminal" and said he plans to "seriously investigate" the incident. Stoning people accused of adultery is illegal under Afghan law.

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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