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Senior Afghan policewoman shot dead on way to work

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The most senior female police officer in Afghanistan’s Helmand province has been assassinated by gunmen on her way to work.

Lieutenant Negar took over the job when her predecessor, another woman, was killed.

Her son, Hamid Jan, said he had offered to take her to work but she had refused.

“When I was going to my work on my motorbike I asked my mum to come with me on the motorbike but she said no and told me that a car was coming to pick her up. I was on my way when I received a call telling me that my mother had been killed.”

The 38-year-old officer always said she loved her job and wanted to encourage other policewomen.

No group has claimed responsibility, but other Afghan policewomen say they have been threatened by the Taliban.

One police officer said: “We have received warnings from Taliban that they will kill every single policewoman in Helmand within three months.”

Violence against women has increased sharply over the last two years, according to Afghanistan’s independent human rights commission.