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Policewoman, pregnant teacher hanged in Afghanistan Both kidnapped in conservative Uruzgan

KABUL, Dec 19, (RTRS): An Afghan policewoman and a pregnant teacher were hanged and their bodies dumped within a few kilometres of a foreign military base recently handed over to Afghan control, officials said on Thursday. The two women, policewoman and mother of two Feroza and teacher Malalai — like many in Afghanistan the pair use only one name — were kidnapped on Monday in the conservative southern province of Uruzgan, said Abdullah Hemat, a spokesman for the provincial governor. “A post mortem examination shows that both were hanged,” he said.

Successive, often deadly, assaults on women working in state institutions are fuelling concern that hard-won women’s rights promoted by the United States and its allies are eroding ahead of the end of the NATO-led combat mission next year. Several female police officers have been killed in southern provinces in recent months.

The Taleban are known to target female officials working for the US-backed government, although some attacks have been linked to family feuds and male relatives outraged that the women are going out to work. The bodies were found in an area of provincial capital Tirin Kot on Wednesday, said provincial police chief Matiullah Khan. He believes both killings were linked to family feuds.

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