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Afghan Girl's Throat Slit Over Refusal To Wed
A 15-year-old girl in Afghanistan has been murdered after her family refused a marriage proposal.
The teenager had her throat slit as she was carrying water from a river to her village home in the northern Kunduz province on Wednesday.
Two men have now been arrested over the attack.
Police said one of suspects had earlier proposed to the girl but the offer had been rejected by her family.
A police spokesman added: "The two men attacked her and slit her throat with a knife.
"They were arrested and are in police custody."
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.
Figures from Oxfam show 87% of Afghan women have experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence or forced marriage.
Last month a 20-year-old woman was beheaded by her husband's family in the western province of Herat after she refused to become a prostitute, police said. Four people were arrested over the brutal killing.
And in September, five people were arrested over the public flogging of a 16-year-old girl for allegedly having an affair.
The girl was whipped 100 times in front of village elders and family members in the central Ghazni province. Her alleged boyfriend was fined.
Unmarried girls are often confined to the home and forbidden from maintaining any contact with men outside the immediate family.