5 Afghan Women Gunned Down on The Way to Work

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Five female Afghan airport guards were shot and killed by two gunmen on motorcycles as they headed to work in Southern Kandahar early this morning.

The two men had followed the women’s transport van, then approached it and opened fire on them, killing all five and their driver.

According to Reuters, Samim Khpulwak,  a spokesman for the governor of Kandahar, said the five women were in charge of searching female travelers at the Kandahar airport and had been hired by a private security company.

This attack was the latest in a series of violent attacks against women in Afghanistan.

In spite of pressure by different Afghan women’s groups and foreign donors, Afghanistan remains one of the most difficult places to be a woman.

Afghan women have had it rough over the last several years of conflict in the Taliban infested country. Their lives have been lost in large numbers between bomb attacks, domestic abuse, and honor killings.

 

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