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I found a couple of news stories that appear to match this event, both from August, 2010. There are some differences between the two stories relating to the marital status of the couple. This one is from Al Jazeera:
The Taliban in Afghanistan has publicly stoned to death a man and a woman over an alleged love affair, government officials said.
Sunday's execution is the first by the Taliban in the Kunduz province and follows last week's call by Afghan clerics for a return to sharia and capital punishments under Islamic law.
Hoda Abdel-Hamid, Al Jazeera's correspondent in the Afghan capital, Kabul, said a local Taliban commander confirmed that the man was a married 28-year-old, while the woman was in her early twenties, engaged to marry someone else.
"The couple were brought into an open field and about 100 Taliban or supporters of the Taliban gathered and began stoning them just after a Taliban supporter read out a statement of their confession."
Amnesty International has condemned the latest executions.
"The stoning of this couple is a heinous crime. The Taliban and other insurgent groups are growing increasingly brutal in their abuses against Afghans," Sam Zarifi, the rights group's Asia-Pacific director, said in a press statement.
"Afghan leaders must stand against stoning and other appalling human rights abuses masquerading as 'justice', no matter how much pressure they are under to deal with the Taliban."
On Monday, a spokesman for Nato-led forces criticised the Taliban for carrying out what he said were acts of indiscriminate violence against ordinary Afghans.
"They have increased acts of violence and repression against innocent Afghans," Brigadier General Josef Blotz told reporters.
"The insurgents have clearly given up winning over the population, knowing that they don't have an appealing vision for the people."
This one is from UPI:
KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Amnesty International has condemned the "sickening" Taliban stoning execution of a couple for eloping in Afghanistan.
The organization confirmed the execution Sunday in the Taliban-controlled village in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, a release by the group said.
"The stoning of this couple is a heinous crime," said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International's Asia-Pacific director. "The Taliban and other insurgent groups are growing increasingly brutal in their abuses against Afghans."
The stoning came two days after the Council of Ulema, Afghanistan's highest Islamic religious body, called on the government to strictly enforce physical Shariah punishments as a concession to the Taliban in an attempt to end the war, Amnesty International says.
Under the Taliban, punishments include public stoning, amputations and lashings.
Local sources said the couple had eloped to Pakistan, but returned to their village in Afghanistan after being told their families had agreed to marry them.
Instead, they were stoned to death by a Taliban council, Amnesty International said.
"The Afghan government and the Council of Ulema must condemn the use of stoning following this sickening Taliban execution," Zarifi said. "Afghan leaders must stand against stoning and other appalling human rights abuses masquerading as 'justice,' no matter how much pressure they are under to deal with the Taliban."
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