Taliban kill Afghanistan's most high-profile policewoman

by Kal El on September 28, 2008 · View Comments

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The Taliban demonstrate just how much respect they have for women’s rights, in Afghanistan.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) — Taliban militants shot dead the most high-profile female police officer in Afghanistan Sunday and killed four more policemen in other attacks.

The new violence, part of a Taliban-led insurgency sweeping Afghanistan, came as security officials said they had killed about 30 rebels in various operations, although there were allegations that civilians were among the dead.

Malalai Kakar, the most senior policewoman in the southern city of Kandahar and a mother of six, was shot dead by gunmen who had been waiting outside her home, government officials said.

Her teenaged son, who was driving her to work, was badly hurt.

“Malalai Kakar died in front of her house. Her son was wounded,” Kandahar province government spokesman Zalmay Ayoobi said.

A doctor in the city’s main hospital said Kakar, aged around 40, was shot in the head. “She died on the spot and her son was badly injured…,” he said on condition of anonymity.

A spokesman for the extremist Taliban movement said the assassins were from his group.

“We killed Malalai Kakar,” spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi told AFP. “She was our target and we successfully eliminated our target.”

President Hamid Karzai said in a statement the killing was an “act of cowardice” by Afghanistan’s “enemies.”

The European Union in Afghanistan said Kakar had been an example to others in her country and her murder was “particularly abhorrent.”

Kakar was regularly profiled in international media and was known for her courage in one of Afghanistan’s most conservative provinces.

She headed a team of at least 10 women police officers and had reportedly received numerous death threats.

Read the rest of the article courtesy of the Associated Free Press.

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