The video was shot a week ago in the village of Qimchok, about an hour's drive from Kabul.
“They are brutal people and like savage animals, they killed another human being,” said Basir Salangi, the provincial governor of Parwan Province, to Reuters
. “It is clear that they are outlaws and must be delivered into the hands of the law. When I saw this video, I closed my eyes. The woman was not guilty; the Taliban are guilty”, he said.
U.S. General John Allen, NATO's top commander in Afghanistan, said it was an atrocity of unspeakable cruelty.
"The execution of the woman by the Taliban was a crime. The government must do everything to bring the culprits to justice. This is the duty of the government to deliver justice, said parliamentarian Shinkai Karokhail to AFP" - Pakistan Tribune.
The Afghanistan authorities put the blame on Taliban militants who are waging an insurgency against the Western-backed government
, but Taliban denied it, saying they never do things like that without conducting the "proper" sharia (Islamic law).
"This is happening under a government that claims to have made so much progress in women's rights, claims to have changed women's lives, and this is unacceptable. It is a huge step backwards," said Koofi, a campaigner for girls' education who wants to run in the 2014 presidential election, as reported by MSNBC
Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Seddiqi said the government will punished them as they were punished 10 years ago and will continue its struggle to eliminate them, referring to their ousting from power in late 2001 by U.S.-backed Afghan forces after an austere five-year rule.
Public execution were common in Afghanistan for alleged adulterers before Taliban were ousted by a US-led invasion for protecting al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks, but now they apparently have managed to re-surge beyond their traditional base camp of the south and east, extending their reach into the more peaceful areas like Parwan despite the presence of 130,000 foreign troops and 300,000 Afghan soldiers and police.