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Female official assassinated in Afghanistan


A regional head of women's affairs was killed by a car bomb in eastern Afghanistan yesterday.

Hanifa Safi was driving through Mehtar Lam, the capital of Laghman province, when a bomb attached to the underside of her car exploded, said the provincial governor's spokesman. She had been known locally for going out without her head covered. Her husband and daughter were injured. No one has yet claimed responsibility.

Ms Safi is the second provincial head of women's affairs to be assassinated since the posts were created 10 years ago in each of Afghanistan's 34 provinces.