Police woman attacked in Afghanistan

Heavily-armed gunmen have shot and seriously injured a senior female police officer in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, security sources say.

Local officials said the officer was walking near police headquarters in Lashkar Gah on Sunday when she came under attack by gunmen on a motorcycle.

“One of our top police officers in Helmand, Nigar, was shot today by two unknown gunmen while she was on her way to the office,” media outlets quoted Omar Zhwak, a spokesman for provincial authorities in Helmand as saying.

Security sources said the attackers managed to flee the scene before policemen cordoned off the area.

No group has yet claimed responsibility, but the Afghan government often blames the Taliban militants for similar attacks in the war-ravaged country.

Nigar serves as a sub-inspector in the police criminal investigation department in Helmand Province. She became the highest-ranking female police officer in the volatile province after her predecessor at that rank — Islam Bibi–was murdered in July.

Several prominent Afghan women have been attacked or kidnapped over the past few years.

Unidentified gunmen abducted a female member of the Afghan parliament Friba Ahmadi Kakar along with her children in the country’s troubled province of Ghazni in August.

In 2008, Lieutenant Colonel Malalai Kakar, the head of Kandahar’s department of crimes against women, was killed by Taliban militants.

The incidents of violence against women come as the security situation continues to deteriorate across the war-ravaged country.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 under the pretext of combating terrorism. While the war removed the Taliban from power, insecurity continues to be high across the country.

JR/PR

Copyright: Press TV