The horrific act allegedly took place in the remote village of Larri in Sar-e pul province on Monday by a group of armed men believed to be linked to the Islamic extremist group.
Provincial Governor spokesman Zabiullah Amani said the 30-year-old woman was apparently targeted because she “went to the city alone without her husband”, the Nation reported.
Amani claims the victim’s husband is currently in Iran and the couple don’t have children.
Nasima Arzoo, head of the women’s affairs department for the area, also confirmed the incident.
She said: “The woman was beheaded with a bayonet attached to an AK-47 after an argument with Taliban in her remote village, which is part of the provincial capital.”But according to Khamma Press, an Afghan new agency, Taliban insurgents rejected any involvement saying the woman was beheaded by unidentified gunmen.
No arrests have been made.