A pregnant Afghan policewoman was shot dead by Taliban militants in front of her husband and children, witnesses have said. The victim was eight months pregnant when she was killed.
The militants shot dead Banu Negar in front of her family home in Afghanistan’s provincial city of Firozkoh, the capital of central Ghor province, said her relatives.
The killing comes amid increasing reports of escalating repression of women in Afghanistan.
The Taliban told the BBC they had no involvement in Negar’s death and are investigating the incident.
Spokesman Zabiullah Mujaheed said: “We are aware of the incident and I am confirming that the Taliban have not killed her, our investigation is ongoing.”
He added that the Taliban had already announced an amnesty for people who worked for the previous administration, and put Negar’s murder down to “personal enmity or something else”.
Details of the incident are still sketchy as many in Firozkoh fear retribution if they speak out. But three sources have told the BBC that the Taliban beat and shot Negar dead in front of her husband and children on Saturday.
Relatives supplied graphic images showing blood spattered on a wall in the corner of a room and a body, the face heavily disfigured.
The family say Negar, who worked at the local prison, was eight months pregnant.
Three gunmen arrived at the house on Saturday and searched it before tying members of the family up, relatives say.
The intruders were heard speaking Arabic, a witness said.
Since taking power on Aug. 15, the Taliban have sought to portray themselves as more tolerant than their global reputation suggests, but incidents of brutality and repression are still being reported in parts of Afghanistan.
Human rights groups have been documenting revenge killings, detentions and persecution of religious minorities. The Taliban have said officially that they will not seek retribution against those who worked for the former government.
The Taliban on Sunday gave more details of how segregation of the sexes will be enacted in universities.
In an extensive document, the new authorities said men and women must be separated, if necessary by a curtain.
Ideally, women will be taught by women but if none are available then “old men” of good character can step in, AFP reports.
Female students must wear an abaya, or robe, and niqab, or face veil. (Source: BBC)