Sunday, September 28, 2008 CBC News
The most senior female police officer in Afghanistan was killed Sunday in a shooting in Kandahar city.
Supporters say Lt.-Col. Malali Kakar was a beacon of hope for women in Afghanistan. Two gunmen on a motorcycle shot Lt.-Col. Malali Kakar in her car as she was about to leave for work around 9 a.m. local time, officials said.
Her 18-year-old son, who was driving, was badly injured in the shooting. The Taliban claimed credit for her killing.
Ron Hoffman, Canada's ambassador to Afghanistan, extended sympathies to the family and friends of Kakar on behalf of his government and Canadians.
First female police detective
"Mrs. Malalai was well known for her staunch support of women in the Afghan National Police, and of the role of women in Kandahar society at large," he said.
"As the first female police detective in Kandahar following the f
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