Afghan policewomen and relatives grieve over the body of the top policewoman in Helmand province, Negar. (AP Photo/Abdul Khaliq)

Second top-ranking female member of Afghanistan's police force murdered

Sub-inpector Negar was fatally shot only months after her predecessor, Islam Bibi, was murdered

Katie McDonough
September 17, 2013 1:00AM (UTC)

One of Afghanistan's top-ranking female police officers was fatally shot by an anonymous assailant Sunday night while on her way to work, only months after her predecessor was murdered in another brutal attack.

Sub-inspector Negar died of her injuries Monday night.


"This is a very big loss for us," provincial government spokesman Omar Zawak said in a statement. "She was a very brave woman, it will be very difficult for us to replace her.

“She was very productive, participating in all kinds of operations. She never said 'no' to anything we asked of her. She was an inspiration to other female police officers in Helmand [province]," he said Monday.

Negar's predecessor, Islam Bibi, was taken from her home in July and murdered in what is being reported as a Taliban-related attack.


There have been no arrests made in either case.

As the New York Daily News notes, women account for only one percent of Afghanistan's police force, and ongoing violence against women remains a barrier to recruiting other women.


Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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