Taliban fighters have been accused of shooting and killing an innocent woman for not wearing a burqa in Afghanistan on Tuesday, Aug. 17, the same day the group's leaders pledged to honor "women's rights".

A photo of the victim lying in a pool of blood with her parents, relatives, and other loved ones crouched around her has been circulating on social media. A woman is seen touching the victim’s face in a caring manner as she bleeds out.

The helpless woman was allegedly killed by insurgents for being in public without covering her face. The incident reportedly happened in Takhar province, which is 8 hours outside of Kabul, Afghanistan, the New York Post reported.

On the same day, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid held a news conference to say that they would honor women’s rights within the highly restrictive Sharia law. The militants reportedly granted permission for women to return to school and work and also granted a female journalist permission to conduct a television interview.

When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan before the tragedy of 9/11, they reportedly prevented women from leaving their residence without a male companion and did not allow them to work or receive an education.

Though the insurgents vowed not to interfere with the evacuation efforts of Westerners and their Afghan allies, they were reportedly controlling the Hamid Karzai International Airport entrance and attacked those who were trying to flee, TMZ reported.

“There were kids, women, babies, old women, they could barely walk,” an Afghan former State Department contractor said. “They were in a very, very bad situation, I’m telling you. In the end, I was thinking that there were like 10,000 or more than 10,000 people, and they’re running into the airport. The Taliban were beating people and the people were jumping from the fence, the concertina wire, and also the wall.”

Thousands of Afghans who assisted Americans in rehabilitating the country over the last 20 years are reportedly stuck and are unable to flee the country. Members of the U.S. military and intelligence officials that are stranded in the country believe that they will be executed soon.

The Biden Administration has received widespread criticism for underestimating the Taliban forces despite intelligence officials warning them last February about the possible attack.

The Taliban fighters allegedly shot and killed a woman for not wearing a burqa in Afghanistan on Tuesday, Aug. 17, the same day the group pledged to honor "women's rights." This is a representational image. Pixabay

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