Sunday, November 20, 2005

Afghan poet dies after battering

A well-known Afghan poet and journalist has died from her injuries after being beaten, police say.

Officers found the body of Nadia Anjuman, 25, at her home in the western city of Herat.

A senior police officer said her husband had confessed to hitting her during a row.

Nadia Anjuman, a student at Herat university, had a first book of poetry printed this year. She was popular in Afghanistan and neighbouring Iran.

Police say the poet received a cut to her head. Blood she vomited may help determine the cause of death, the Pajhwok news agency reported.

It said her family had refused to allow doctors to carry out a post mortem.

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