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Afghanistan: Taliban accused of killing female police officer

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image captionBanu Negar’s family say the officer was eight months pregnant when she was killed

Taliban militants in Afghanistan have shot dead a policewoman in a provincial city, relatives have told the BBC.

The woman, named in local media as Banu Negar, was killed at the family home in front of relatives in Firozkoh, the capital of central Ghor province.

The killing comes amid increasing reports of escalating repression of women in Afghanistan.

The BBC has asked Taliban authorities for comment. The local Taliban promised to investigate, the family says.

Details of the incident are still sketchy as many in Firozkoh fear retribution if they speak out. 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 and shooting her in front of them.

The intruders were heard speaking Arabic, a witness said.

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image captionOn Saturday, Taliban officials broke up a demonstration by dozens of women in Kabul

Since taking power on 13 August, the Taliban has sought to portray itself as more tolerant than its reputation, but incidents of brutality and repression are still being reported in parts of the country.

Human rights groups have been documenting revenge killings, detentions and persecution of religious minorities. The Taliban has said officially that it will not seek retribution against those who worked for the former government.

Women’s education was banned under the Taliban’s previous period of rule in the 1990s, but they have now issued guidance on teaching in universities.

Women will be allowed to attend, but classes will be segregated by sex, and female students must wear and abaya, or robe, and niqab, or face veil, AFP reports.

On Saturday, Taliban officials broke up a demonstration by dozens of women in Kabul demanding the continuation of rights built up since the end of the Taliban’s previous spell in power.

The group say the Taliban targeted them with tear gas and pepper spray as they tried to walk from a bridge to the presidential palace.

Meanwhile, fighting is reported to be continuing in the Panjshir Valley, north of Kabul. The province is the only part of Afghanistan actively resisting Taliban rule.

The Taliban say their forces are now in the provincial capital, Bazarak, where they inflicted “numerous casualties”.

But the opposition National Resistance Front of Afghanistan earlier accused the Taliban of spreading fake propaganda.

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