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Female Afghan police official dies

Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 01:00

Sept. 16 - Funeral is held for senior female Afghan police officer who died after she was shot on her way to work. Paul Chapman reports.

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Lieutenant Negara was shot by a gunman on her way to work. She was a senior officer with the Afghan police force in Helmand Province. She'd been expected to survive her injuries. That prognosis proved overly optimistic. Just two months earlier her predecessor, also a woman, met exactly the same fate. Another female officer at Negara's funeral on Monday said the Taliban had threatened to kill all women in the force. (SOUNDBITE)(Pashto) UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE POLICE OFFICER SAYING: "We've had a warning from the Taliban that they will kill all of us within three months. They said they'd kill every woman police officer in Helmand ." Such women are paying a high price for their jobs. The Taliban often targets senior female officials working for the U.S.-backed government also some attacks have been linked to conservative male relatives. The country's human rights commission says violence against women has risen sharply over the past two years.

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Female Afghan police official dies

Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 01:00