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Afghan officials fired over policewoman's assassination

Filed on August 17, 2020

(Reuters file)

Two police officers were fired as well as a district intelligence chief.

Three Afghan officials were sacked for negligence over an assassination of a policewoman in Kunduz province, it was reported.

On August 13, police officer Chini Gul was shot dead by Taleban militants in front of her residence in Kunduz city's Police District 3 area, reports Xinhua news agency.

"Under the instruction of the Kunduz Governor, two police officers, Abdul Sattar and Sayed Mansour Hashemi were fired, as well as a district intelligence chief who remained incompetent, despite being informed by the slain female policewoman about the militants' threat," provincial spokesman Usmatullah Muradi told Xinhua.

The former officials were also referred to the justice office for more investigation, the spokesman added.

The provincial officials regarded the killing as a targeted attack by the Taleban.

Civilians considered to be supporting the government, civilian government employees, religious leaders, tribal elders and persons involved in peace and reconciliation efforts have come under attacks in targeted killings over the past years.

On August 14, Fawzia Koofi, a female member of a 21-member peace negotiating team and a former parliamentarian, received a gunshot wound on her arm her vehicle came under attack in Shamali, a locality on the outskirts of Kabul.

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