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Afghan inmate murdered wife during conjugal visit

A prisoner murdered his wife during a conjugal visit, allegedly because she had been unfaithful after he was jailed for killing her relatives, police said today.

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN // An Afghan prisoner murdered his wife during a conjugal visit, allegedly because she had been unfaithful after he was jailed for killing her relatives, police said today.

Din Mohammed was sentenced to 20 years in prison two years ago for killing his mother-in-law, and his wife's brother and sister in the northern province of Samangan.

Mohammed's wife, whose name has not been released, visited him in jail in the provincial capital Aybak on Monday and was found dead in a small private room used for inmates to see their wives, police said.

Mohammed confessed to her murder, the Samangan police chief, Ikram Nikzad, said.

"Mohammed was told by his mother that his wife had affairs," he said. "When she came to visit him in jail he strangled her with her veil and killed her. They were meeting in a private prison room."

Mohammed's mother has been detained for questioning, Mr Nikzad said.

According to a UN report last month, Afghanistan has made progress in protecting women against violence, but many still suffer horrific abuse. Afghan women still endure killings by relatives in the name of family honour, forced marriages and domestic abuses.

There are fears that legal protection and other gains made by women will be eroded after Nato and the United States withdraw most of their 100,000 troops by the end of 2014.