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15-year-old Afghan girl's throat slit over refusal to wed

Two men have been arrested for slitting the throat of a 15-year-old Afghan girl after her family refused a marriage proposal, police said.

The girl was carrying water from a river to her village home in northern Kunduz province Wednesday when she was murdered, police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hussaini said.

15-year-old Afghan girl's throat slit over refusal to wed
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"The two men attacked her and slit her throat with a knife," he said. "They were arrested and are in police custody."

Hussaini said one of the suspects had proposed marriage to the girl but her family had rejected the offer.

Extreme violence against women and girls remains a major problem in the conservative Muslim nation more than a decade after US led troops brought down the notoriously brutal Taliban Islamist regime.  

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