Taleban shoot dead Indian author Sushmita Banerjee in Afghanistan
KHOST, AFGHANISTAN (AFP) - Suspected Taleban militants shot dead the Indian author Sushmita Banerjee, writer of a popular book about her dramatic escape from the Taleban in the 90s, in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika on Wednesday night, police said on Thursday.
"We found her bullet-riddled body near Madrassa on the outskirts of Sharan city (the provincial capital) this morning," provincial police chief Dawlat Khan Zadran told AFP, confirming earlier reports from India's media.
Ms Banerjee, 49, was a fairly well-known writer whose book Kabuliwala's Bengali Wife, about her dramatic escape from the Taleban, was made into a Bollywood film in 2003.
Police on Thursday said the book may have been the reason militants targeted her, saying they had spoken with her husband.