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Top female Afghan police officer in south is shot and wounded, months after predecessor slain

An official says gunmen have shot and wounded a top female police officer in Afghanistan's south, months after her predecessor was killed.

The shooting Sunday morning in Helmand's province's Lashkar Gah district was the latest in a series of attacks on prominent Afghan women.

Provincial government spokesman Omar Zawak says two attackers on a motorbike shot a 35-year-old police officer, who he identified only as Negar, in the right shoulder outside her home.

The attackers escaped. Negar, a five-year veteran of the department, is expected to survive.

She had replaced the late Islam Bibi as a senior investigator. Bibi was also the highest ranking female police officer in Helmand until her assassination in July.

Several prominent Afghan women have been attacked or kidnapped in recent months.