Another female officer shot dead in Afghanistan: police

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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.