Pregnant police officer 'tied up and murdered by Taliban in front of her children'

Relatives alleged that Banu Negar, who worked in a local prison, was handcuffed, beaten and shot in front of her husband and children in Firozkoh, capital of central Ghor Province

Relatives alleged that Banu Negar was killed by Taliban fighters in their family home

Taliban militants reportedly killed a pregnant police officer in front of her husband and children in Afghanistan.

The men reportedly mutilated their faces while carrying out door-to-door executions in Firozkoh, capital of central Ghor Province.

Banu Negar, who worked in a local prison, was eight months pregnant when she was murdered in her home on Saturday.

Relatives allegedly provided the BBC with vivid evidence of her horrific death, which was reported to have spattered blood on a wall along with her disfigured face.

Relatives alleged that three armed men appeared on Saturday and searched the house before handcuffing members of Banu’s family.

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The broadcaster reports that three sources reported that Ms. Negar was beaten and then shot in front of her family.

The intruders were spoken in Arabic, said a witness.

The Taliban deny responsibility for death as claims that their militants perpetrated atrocities escalate.

The hardline group has claimed it has changed and its official policy is not to carry out retaliatory killings or oppress women.

Women’s education was banned under the rule of the Taliban in the 1990s, and its adoption last month has raised fears that it will revive their old reign of terror.

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The Taliban have announced that they will enable women to have jobs and receive an education – albeit under their interpretation of Islamic law.

But within days of his return to power, there were allegations that women had been turned away from jobs and universities in some parts of the country.

Many women wore burqas and were among those who wanted to flee the district for fear of Taliban rule.

The youngest female mayor of Afghanistan was among those who courageously voiced their fears before going into hiding.

Zarifa Ghafari said she feared the Taliban would “take people like me and kill me” as their militants approached Kabul before the capital fell under their rule a few weeks ago.

Despite their official promises since then, human rights groups claim that Taliban fighters have been documented carrying out revenge killings, imprisonments and the persecution of religious minorities in parts of Afghanistan.

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In response to allegations of Ms. Negar’s death, official Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujaheed denied the group’s involvement.

He told the BBC: “We are aware of the incident and I confirm that the Taliban did not kill you. Our investigation is ongoing.”

He said the Taliban had announced an amnesty for employees of the previous government, calling their assassination “personal enmity or something else”.

Earlier this week, a senior Afghan woman police officer fled after she was “brutally beaten” by the Taliban.

Gulafroz Ebtekar, a deputy head of the criminal investigation at the Afghan Interior Ministry, was reportedly selected by the Taliban as a target outside the gates of Hamid Karzai International Airport, where thousands were waiting to flee Kabul.

She reportedly went into hiding after spending five unsuccessful nights securing a spot on an evacuation flight before British and US forces withdrew from Kabul before the August 31 deadline.

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