A female police officer who was eight months pregnant was shot dead in front of her family. Witnesses say the Taliban was behind the fatal attack.
The Taliban have been accused of shooting and killing a pregnant police officer in Afghanistan in front of her husband and children. Banu Negar, who was eight months pregnant at the time of the attack, was killed in Firozkoh, the capital of central Ghor province on Saturday. Many sources told the BBC that the police officer, who most recently worked in a prison, was beaten and then shot by the Taliban in front of her family.
Despite the claim, the Taliban have denied any responsibility for the killing. They are also reportedly investigating the case. “We are aware of the incident and I am confirming that the Taliban have not killed her, our investigation is ongoing,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujaheed said.
He said her death was due to “personal enmity or something else.” Relatives of the victim said that men showed up to their home speaking Arabic. They entered the home and tied up the family before killing her.
SkyNews writes, “Ms Negar’s death comes despite the Taliban previously saying they will not persecute people due to their previous ties or employment to the government and will be ruling under a strict interpretation of Sharia Law.”