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Female Afghan politician Hanifa Safi killed

Posted by The Agonist on July 13th, 2012

From our partners at The Agonist

July 13

BBC – A prominent female Afghan politician has been killed in a bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan, officials say.

Hanifa Safi died after a bomb attached to her car exploded as she left her home in Laghman province. Her husband and daughter were injured.

As the provincial head of the Afghan ministry of women’s affairs, Mrs Safi had for years been a leading advocate of fair treatment for women.

She had been known locally for going out without her head covered.

That was against the conservative interpretation of Islam practised by many in Afghanistan, and might have brought her to the attention of the Taliban, the BBC’s David Loyn in Kabul reports.

However, no group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

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