Police Chief fired over inciting Facebook comment

Stanekzai, who was the spokesman for Kabul's police chief, was subsequently fired on Tuesday for his statements on Facebook, the day after the killing.

Afghanistani police chief, Hashmat Stanekzai has been fired over a comment he made on Facebook which seemed to justify the mob killing of a 27-year-old woman falsely accused of burning a Koran.

The woman, named Farkhunda, was killed and set on fire last week in front of police officers after she was accused of burning a Koran.

The action triggered a public outcry in the country with hundreds of demonstrators marching in the capital.

Reuters reports that Interior Minister Noor ul-Haq Olomi revealed that 20 other officers, including the Stanekzai, had been dismissed over the case.


The fired polie chief called the woman an "unbeliever" and said people like her hoped to gain U.S. or European citizenship with shows of blasphemy.

Afghanistan's top investigator said there is no evidence Farkhunda actually burned the Koran.

Meanwhile, her brother says a cleric made the accusation at his mosque after Farkhunda told a woman not to pay for good-luck amulets because they were un-Islamic.

The president has ordered an inquiry into her killing and Olomi said 28 people have been arrested for participating in the mob attack.

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