Women found hanged in Afghanistan

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A policewoman and a teacher were kidnapped and hanged in Afghanistan's volatile southern province of Uruzgan, an official said on Friday.

“Police found their bodies on Thursday near a military base on the outskirts of Trinkot,” said Abdullah Hemmat, spokesman for the provincial governor.

“Police officer Feroza, 27, a mother of two, and her sister-in-law, Malalai, 22, a teacher, were abducted by unknown armed men while shopping on Monday in Trinkot city.”

The women had been hanged and then shot in the head, he said. Malalai, who was pregnant, was tutoring a tribal elder's children privately as well as being a teacher in the Trinkot high school.

“The reason of the incident is still unclear,” Hemmat said, adding the victims' families did not inform police when they were kidnapped.

Several policewomen have been killed in the southern provinces in the recent months.

Taliban insurgents are usually blamed for attacking female government workers. - Sapa-dpa

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