A pregnant policewoman has been shot dead by Taliban militants in Afghanistan, witnesses claim.
The officer was reportedly gunned down at home in the capital of central Ghor province, Firozkoh, on Saturday, September 4.
Banu Negar’s face was described as being mutilated in the savage attack which left blood splattered across a wall, graphic images showed.
She was killed in front of her husband and children, who had been tied up, BBC News reports.
Her death follows rising reports in Afghanistan of the Taliban abusing women and repressing their rights.
Despite Ms Negar’s relatives accusing the Taliban of murdering her, the group denies any involvement.
Spokesman Zabiullah Mujaheed told the BBC: “We are aware of the incident and I am confirming that the Taliban have not killed her, our investigation is ongoing.”