KABUL: An official says gunmen have shot and wounded a top female police officer in Afghanistan’s south, months after her predecessor was killed. The shooting Sunday morning in Helmand’s province’s Lashkar Gah district was the latest in a series of attacks on prominent Afghan women. Provincial government spokesman Omar Zawak says two attackers on a motorbike shot a 35-year-old police officer, who he identified only as Negar, in the right shoulder outside her home.
The attackers escaped.
Negar, a five-year veteran of the department, is expected to survive.
She had replaced the late Islam Bibi as a senior investigator.
Bibi was also the highest ranking female police officer in Helmand until her assassination in July. Several prominent Afghan women have been attacked or kidnapped in recent months.