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AFGHAN POLICE: WOMAN KILLED FOR GIVING BIRTH TO GIRL

Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan woman has been strangled, apparently by her husband, who was upset that she gave birth to a second daughter rather than the son he wanted, police said Monday.

The husband, Sher Mohammad, fled the Khanabad district in Kunduz province last week, about the time a neighbor found his 22-year-old wife dead in their house, said district police Chief Sufi Habibullah. Medical examiners said she had been strangled, Habibullah said.

The woman, named Estorai, had warned family members that her husband had repeatedly reproached her for giving birth to a daughter rather than a son and had threatened to kill her if it happened again, said provincial women's affairs chief Nadira Ghya, who traveled to Khanabad to deal with the case.

Estorai gave birth to her second daughter between two and three months ago, Ghya said. Officials did not have a family name for either Sher Mohammad or Estorai.

Police took the man's mother into custody because she appears to have collaborated in a plot to kill Estorai, Habibullah said.

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