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A woman whose body was found dumped south of Kabul, Afghanistan, did not associate with coalition forces, contrary to what a Taliban spokesman says, Afghan officials said Sunday.

Zahra Madadi, 23, worked with the Refugees and Returnee Affairs Department and attended school at night, officials said during a news conference.

Madadi was kidnapped by Taliban followers on July 11 and her body was found south of the city of Ghazni, which is southwest of Kabul, on July 13.

She was taken to Ghazni Hospital and her body was returned to the family after an investigation into the cause of death.

She had no contact with Americans, chief of police Gen. Tasfir Khan Khogiani was quoted as saying in a press release issued after the news conference.

Khogiani said a Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility of the slaying, accusing her of misconduct by associating with coalition forces at the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team.

Col. Thomas Collins, spokesman for the Combined Forces Command – Afghanistan, said in the release that the Taliban may have accused Madadi of misconduct to discredit her sister Arifa Madadi, a provincial council member.


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