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Sep242010

Rare Video Shows Taliban Allegedly Stoning Woman to Death

Photo Courtesy - Al Aan/ABC News(UNITED ARAB EMIRATES) -- A rare video, reportedly smuggled out of northwest Pakistan, allegedly shows a woman being stoned to death by Taliban militants in the upper region of Orakzai.

Al Aan, a Dubai-based pan-Arab television channel that focuses on women's issues, claims it had obtained cell phone footage that it says shows a woman being executed because she was seen out with a man. The killing reportedly took place two months ago and was smuggled out by a Taliban member who attended the stoning, according to Al Aan. ABC News could not independently confirm the cellphone video's authenticity.

The video seems to show a woman tethered to the ground as a group of men throw stones at her.

"It's difficult to know where and when it was shot," says Gayle Lemmon, deputy director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council of Foreign Relations, in an interview with Brian Ross. "It is consistent with videos that have been coming from Taliban-controlled areas since the '90s," he added.

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