Another female officer, Lt. Col. Malalai Kakar, was killed in 2008. (AFP/Getty)


Afghan Female Police Officer Dead After Shooting

Just months after her predecessor was killed.

Afghanistan’s top female police officer in the country’s southern region has died after being shot on Sunday, just months after her predecessor was gunned down. Gunmen shot the officer, Lieutenant Negar, in the shoulder, while she was getting in her car to go to work. Negar was the sub-inspector in the criminal investigation department in Afghanistan’s Helmand region. She took the job over from Islam Bibi, who was shot and killed in July as she headed back to work. Just 1 percent of Afghanistan’s police force is female, and the women who have braved it have faced increasing threats.

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