It was after dark when the four gunmen battered their way into the small home in the northern city of Kunduz, threw the father of the family into his cowshed and broke into his house to throw corrosive acid on his three school-age daughters.
Their chief target was Mumtaz, 18. One of the attackers had asked for her hand, and had been rebuffed by her father, a poor laborer named Sultan Mohammed. Now the spurned suitor and his brothers, who are suspected of being members of a local militia, were taking revenge. They splashed her face and hands with the acid and threw it on her two younger sisters and her mother, according to Mr. Mohammed and local government officials.
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