Acid Attack: Boy and girl killed in Afghan acid attack 'over friendship
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Acid Attack: Boy and girl killed in Afghan acid attack 'over friendship

Kabul : Afghanistan | Mar 31, 2012 at 8:30 AM PDT
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Kabul, Afghanistan: A 12-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy have been killed in an acid attack because they were friends in Afghanistan.

The bodies of the youngsters were discovered on Friday in wasteland in the Ghazni province in southern Afghanistan, provincial police chief Zorawar Zahid said.

Acid attacks are used as a form of religious and social persecution in the country.

Their bodies are now lying in a Ghazni hospital and no families have come forward to claim them, Local police Said.Witnesses claimed it was because of their friendship in what is an ultra-conservative country. "Their bodies and faces were burnt by acid," he said.

A shocking photograph shows their fully clothed bodies lying on stretchers - the extent of the damage to their faces clearly visible, released by international news Agency.

On December last year, a 17-year-old Afghan girl and her family were sprayed with acid, apparently after rejecting a marriage proposal. The girl, Mumtaz, was seriously injured when several masked gunmen broke into her home in the northern city of Kunduz and sprayed acid in her face.

Meanwhile, just a few days ago a Pakistani former dancing girl who was left heavily facially disfigured by an acid attack 10 years ago committed suicide.

Fakhra Younus, 33, leapt to her death from a sixth floor building in Rome 12 years after the acid attack which she said left her looking 'not human'.

At the time of her attack in May 2000, her ex-husband Bilal Khar was the man accused of entering her mother's house and pouring acid over Younus's face as she slept.

The attack, which took place in front of Younus's then five-year-old son, left her unable to breathe and fighting for life.

Her nose was almost completely melted and she has since undergone 39 separate surgical procedures to repair her disfigured face over the past decade.

Ghulam Abbas Shah is based in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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