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  Taliban Accused of Killing Pregnant Police Officer in Afghanistan  

"Taliban militants in Afghanistan have shot dead a policewoman in a provincial city, witnesses have told the BBC.

The woman, named in local media as Banu Negar, was killed at the family home in front of relatives in Firozkoh, the capital of central Ghor province.

The killing comes amid increasing reports of escalating repression of women in Afghanistan.

The Taliban told the BBC they had no involvement in Negar's death and are investigating the incident.

Spokesman Zabiullah Mujaheed said: "We are aware of the incident and I am confirming that the Taliban have not killed her, our investigation is ongoing."

He added that the Taliban had already announced an amnesty for people who worked for the previous administration, and put Negar's murder down to "personal enmity or something else"."

I won't get into the politics of this situation, but this is deplorable.  Both that it happened to a police officer, and that she was eight months pregnant when it happened.  I don't necessarily like that certain cultures feel women should only have certain roles in society, but I respect their rights to those views; however, to punish women that had the freedom to be more than that is just atrocious.  These women exercised the freedoms they were given to better themselves and their country, to murder them for doing so is callous and petty.  I feel for her family and for her unborn child.