Couple from Assam killed in Afghanistan

January 29th, 2009 - 2:50 pm ICT by IANS  

TalibanGuwahati, Jan 29 (IANS) The death of a newly married Assamese couple in Afghanistan has triggered a controversy with some family members saying that they were killed by the Taliban militia.Family members were informed by the Indian embassy officials in Kabul that 37-year-old Abu Nasser and his 28-yr-old wife Farhin Ajmin died in an accidental fire at a guest house where they were staying on Jan 23.

Nasser was a professor of English at the Mazar-e-Sharief University in Afghanistan since November last year.

“We got conflicting reports with some saying they died in a fire, while others told us over telephone they were killed in an accident,” Farhin’s sister said, not wishing to be named.

The couple hailed from Tezpur town in northern Assam. Their bodies arrived in the town Thursday. Hundreds of people have been visiting their house to pay their last respects.

“We were told they died in an attack by the Taliban, probably using toxic gas in which four others were also killed,” another family member said.

The couple was scheduled to head to India for a holiday on Jan 24 and were hence staying at a guest house, where the incident took place.

Naseer had passed out from Aligarh Muslim University and had done his MBA from Bhubaneswar.

“He was a brilliant student and was loved by everyone,” a family friend said.

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