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Xinhua, September 7, 2009

Armed men gun down working woman in S Afghanistan

Kandahar has experienced a series of attacks against women over the past couple of years.

Unknown armed men shot dead a woman worked outside home in Kandahar province the birthplace of Taliban in south Afghanistan on Monday, police said.

"Unidentified armed men opened fire on Ms. Latifa, 21, in Kandahar city this morning, killing her on the spot," police chief of southern region Ghulam Ali Wahdat told Xinhua.

Worked as in-charge of tailoring project in Women Affairs Department, the late Latifa, was on her way home when two armed men riding a motorbike opened fire and killed her.

No groups or individuals have claimed of responsibility.

However, the official put the attack on the enemies of peace a reference used against Taliban militants.

Kandahar has experienced a series of attacks against women over the past couple of years.

A lady police official and female member of provincial council have been killed by Taliban militants in Kandahar since last year.

Furthermore, unknown men doused acid on school girls in Kandahar last year and the government blamed Taliban insurgents for the gruesome incident.

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