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Sept.17, 2013 (AP) - The most senior woman police officer in Afghanistan's troubled Helmand province has died in the hospital, a day after being shot by unidentified gunmen. Lieutenant Negar was walking near police headquarters in Lashkar Gah, when she was shot in the neck by a gunman on a motorbike, officials say. She is the third senior policewoman to be killed in recent months. Her predecessor in Helmand, Islam Bibi, was killed on her way to work in July.

lieutenant Negar Police in Helmand face the threats of Taliban insurgents and drug traders.

No group has claimed the latest attack. A spokesman for the governor of Helmand described Lt Negar's assailants as "enemies of Afghanistan".

 

In a recent interview Lt Negar said she loved her job, and felt it was important that women came forward to work for the police.

Women make up just under 1% of Afghanistan's police, with nearly 1,600 policewomen serving and about 200 more in training.