Female police officer killed in eastern Afghanistan - officials

by Reuters
Thursday, 1 April 2021 11:17 GMT

FILE PHOTO: A German police officer watches female Afghan National Police (ANP) officers as they line up during a patrol training session, at a training centre near the German Bundeswehr army camp in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

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The shooting comes less than a month after three female media workers were killed in an attack claimed by Islamic State militants

By Ahmad Sultan and Sardar Razmal

NANGARHAR/KUNDUZ, April 1 (Reuters) - Unknown gunmen killed a female police officer in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Thursday, officials said, the second deadly attack against women in the city in a week as a spate of targeted killings spreads fear in urban centres.

The body of a female police officer was taken to a city hospital in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, said Gulzad Sangar, a hospital spokesman.

Farid Khan, a provincial police spokesman, said two suspects were arrested in connection with the incident, but didn't provide details.

"She was on the way to her job when gunmen attacked her," he said.

On Tuesday, unknown gunmen shot and killed three women vaccinators in Jalalabad. That incident came less than a month after three female media workers were killed in an attack claimed by Islamic State militants.

A wave of assassinations has hit urban centres since peace talks began between the Taliban and the Afghan government last year in Doha, many of them targeting professional women as well as government employees, media and civil society members. The government blames most targeted killings on the Taliban, who deny involvement

Also on Thursday, an explosion rocked a police checkpoint in western Herat province, killing two officers and injuring two others, according to police spokesman Abdul Ahad Walizada.

It was not clear who was behind any of Thursday's attacks.

Separately, a prominent religious scholar was killed on Wednesday in northeastern Takhar province after a small bomb was attached to his vehicle. Three others were injured in the blast, local officials said.

(Reporting by Ahmad Sultan in Nangarhar and Sardar Razmal in Kunduz; Writing by Abdul Qadir Sediqi; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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