A 16-year-old girl was found shot dead at her home in the capital of northeastern Kunduz province on Sunday morning with local officials saying she appears to have killed herself.

Nasrin was found by her mother in her bedroom after allegedly shooting herself with a gun, provincial police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hussaini told reporters, adding that the investigation is continuing.

"The cause of the incident is still unknown – it is under our investigation," Hussaini said.

According to reports, Nasrin has been engaged to a young man since last year but did not have any issues with her fiancé.

Young girls in Afghanistan have been known to attempt suicide at the prospect of a forced marriage.

"I was at work when my wife called and told me that she went to sweep Nasrin's room but her dead body was in the room," Nasrin's father said.

"When I entered her room in the morning I saw her laying on the ground. I shouted at her to wake up, but she didn't respond," her mother told reporters.

Provincial Director for Women's Affairs Nadera Giya was suspicious of the suicide claim and urged security officials to thoroughly investigate the case.

"We still don't know whether she committed suicide or someone has killed her," she said. "Investigations are time consuming. So far we have witnessed 12 murder cases [this year in the province], including this case. It is an increase compared to last year."

It comes less than a week after a 14-year-old schoolgirl was murdered in Kunduz apparently because her father refused to give her in marriage.

Giseena was the eleventh girl or woman to be murdered in Kunduz in the eight months since the start of the Persian year (March 21).

She had her throat slit on Tuesday when she went to collect water from the nearby well of her home district Imam Sahib which borders Tajikistan.

Kunduz police have detained two men in relation to the murder, including the man who asked to marry her, but no charges have been laid.

The two men are understood to be related to the family.

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