A female Afghan police officer, who was eight months pregnant, is believed to have been killed by Taliban fighters this week.
The BBC, which first reported the incident, said from three sources that the Taliban assaulted the policewoman, Banu Negar, in front of her family on Saturday.
Allegedly, three Arabic-speaking armed men went to her family home in Firozkoh, the capital of central Ghor province, and tied up members of the house after searching it.
Negar, who worked at a local prison, was then beaten and shot dead as her husband and children watched.
The outlet noted it was able to see images of the house after the assault, describing a corner of the room with blood stains and a horribly disfigured face of a dead body.
The images had made it to social media.[Graphic alert]
The Taliban had heard of the event, but spokesman Zabiullah Mujaheed denied that the individuals involved in the murder were members of its fighters.
“We are aware of the incident and I am confirming that the Taliban have not killed her, our investigation is ongoing,” Mujaheed said, suggesting that Negar could be a victim of “personal enmity or something else.”
Since the Taliban began its conquest of Afghanistan, thousands of prisoners have been given their freedom by the Islamist militia, Axios reported in mid-August.
Among those released were members of multiple terrorist groups.
Officially, the Taliban have stated that they will not seek vengeance against people who worked for the previous government.
However, the BBC said revenge killings, detentions, and persecution of religious minorities have been documented by human rights organizations.
While the debate of how truthful the horrific event could have been, a man claiming himself the son of Negar had taken to social media and directly confirmed she was killed by Taliban fighters.
He added that those who killed her further “gauged her brains from her skull with knife and screwdrivers.”
It had not been clear how Negar’s son was able to identify that the men who killed her were Taliban forces.