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article imageFemale author from India gunned down by militants in Afghanistan

By John Sevigny     Sep 6, 2013 in World
Sushmita Banerjee, an author from India whose memoir about life in Afghanistan became a Bollywood movie, has been shot to death by suspected Taliban militants.
CBS News reported that gunmen took Banerjee from her house by force and shot her 15 times on a nearby road in the Taliban-hotbed of Paktika province.
No motive has been given for her killing but the Times of India blamed the Taliban and reported "Banerjee had possibly attracted the ire of the fundamentalist outfit for her ceaseless social work, especially for women's health care and upliftment."
Banerjee had converted to Islam and changed her name to Sayeda Kamala. She was 49 years old. The Economic Times reported that she had been employed as a health care worker in Afghanistan when she was killed Wednesday.
Banerjee's book was about her 1995 escape from Afghanistan to India. It became a best-seller in the latter country and was made into the film, "Escape from Taliban" in 2003.
In Outlook magazine she once wrote of Afghanistan that "life was tolerable until the Taliban crackdown in 1993," and that the terrorist organization "branded me a woman of poor morals."
Banerjee was born in Calcutta. She married Janbaaz Khan, an Afghan businessman in 1988.
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