"We found her bullet riddled body near Madrassa on the outskirts of Sharan city (the provincial capital) this morning," provincial police chief Dawlat Khan Zadran told AFP, confirming earlier reports from Indian media.

Ms Banerjee, 49, was a fairly well-known writer whose book "Kabuliwala's Bengali Wife", about her dramatic escape from the Taliban was made into a Bollywood film in 2003.