Last week a 27-year-old woman known as Farkhunda was killed by an angry mob of men in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The mob accused Farkhunda of burning the Koran and beat the woman with sticks and stones, eventually setting her on fire, as the police looked on. The brutal murder was captured on video and circulated across the web.
Today the official charged with the investigation of her death says he "couldn't find any evidence to say Farkhunda burnt the holy Qur'an." He added: "Farkhunda was totally innocent."
The top criminal investigator promised to punish all those involved and said 13 people, including eight police officers, had already been arrested.
The killing was condemned by the Afghan president and other officials, but also drew praise from some quarters, including from a prominent cleric who asserted the men had a right to defend their Muslim beliefs at all costs.
Hundreds of people attended Farkhunda's Sunday morning funeral. In a break with Afghan funeral traditions, her coffin was carried by women many of whom identified themselves as women's rights activist.
Photo via AP.