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Bomb kills female Afghan politician

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KABUL, July 13 (UPI Asia) – A prominent Afghan female politician and provincial head of women's affairs was killed in a bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan Friday.

Hanifa Safi, provincial women's affairs director of Laghman province and a women's rights activist, was killed in Mehtar Lam, capital of the province, when a bomb attached to her car exploded.

The explosion seriously injured her husband who was travelling in the same vehicle, a provincial official said.

Safi was actively involved in promoting women's education and had opened a number of vocational training schools for women in the province.

She is the second provincial head of women's affairs in the country to be assassinated since the posts were created in Afghanistan's 34 provinces in 2002. Safia Ama Jan, head of Kandahar's department of women affairs, was shot dead in 2006.
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