One of Afghanistan's most senior female police officers was shot shot by a gunman as she walked to work, according to Fox News on Sept. 16, 2013. This happened just mere months after her predecessor met the exact same fate in the deeply troubled province of Helmand.
Identified by only one name, Sub-inspector Negar was wounded on Sunday after being shot in the neck by an Afghanistan gunman. The gunman then fled away on a motorcycle. On Monday, Negar died from her injuries.
"I can confirm that Negar died in the emergency unit of the hospital this morning," provincial government spokesman Omar Zawak told AFP. "She died from a bad injury to her neck."
The 38-year-old Negar worked for the police crime brand in Helmand province for seven years. She had a son and a daughter.
"This is a very big loss for us," Zawak said. "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," he said Monday.
Negar's predecessor was 37-year-old Bibi, and she had said that she had been threatened by her own male family members simply for joining the police force. Bibi's killer has not yet been caught. A number of other prominent Afghan women have been kidnapped or attacked lately.
In Afghanistan, only one percent of all police officers are female.