This was the “third such attack on a female officer since July.” One might almost think that some people don’t want women in roles like these — but no, thinking that would be “Islamophobic.”
“Gunmen Shoot Female Afghan Police Commander,” by Rod Nordland and Taimoor Shah for the New York Times, September 15 (thanks to Block Ness)
KABUL, Afghanistan “” An outspoken female police commander in southern Helmand Province was shot and wounded by two gunmen on Sunday, the third such attack on a female officer since July, the authorities said.
The commander, identified as Second Lt. Nigara, was shot in the neck and was in critical condition at a hospital in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital. The regional medical director, Enayatullah Ghafari, said initial indications were that she had been paralyzed.
Lieutenant Nigara, who goes by only one name, had just walked out of her home when two gunmen on a motorcycle shot her from behind. No one has claimed responsibility, but the authorities blamed drug traffickers or Taliban insurgents.
In the two previous attacks, the policewomen were killed. All three episodes involved unknown gunmen who attacked during daylight hours in the provincial capital. There are 30 female officers still in the province.
“The policewomen were active and discovered drugs and foiled terrorists” plots, and that’s why they are on the top of their targeting lists,” a spokesman for the provincial governor, Ahmad Zwak, said.
In an interview this month, Lieutenant Nigara said she was undeterred by the deaths of her two colleagues. She told of living with constant death threats and in near poverty after her brother, also a police officer, was shot and paralyzed. She had been caring for him and his four children, in addition to doing her job.
“I”m living in a ramshackle house, and whenever I come back there from duty, I smile to my husband that I am alive,” she said.
She added: “I love this job, and I see my countrymen in trouble and the country in a critical situation, and I feel women’s role is important in policing.”
Lieutenant Nigara originally joined the force during the communist era in the early 1990s, and she returned after the fall of the Taliban.
She recounted how in 2006 she stopped a would-be suicide bomber, who was wearing an explosive vest, by throwing her arms around him in a bearhug. She apprehended insurgents and drug smugglers several times, even though they were disguised in burqas. And she said she once climbed onto a rooftop to capture an insurgent sniper.
“I am receiving threats on a daily basis,” she said. “The smugglers and terrorists are threatening me, saying I should give up, but I tell them that I am an Afghan woman, and I won’t leave the job as long as there is blood in my veins.”…