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Officials: Top policewoman who was shot in southern Afghanistan has died

Afghan officials say a top policewoman in the country's south has died from gunshot wounds inflicted by unknown attackers, months after her predecessor was slain.

Sub-Inspector Negar, 38, suffered a bullet wound to the neck. Helmand province government spokesman Omar Zawak and police spokesman Fareed Ahmad Obaidi said she died early Monday.

Negar, known by just one name, worked in the Helmand police's criminal investigation department in Lashkar Gah city.

She'd spoken out about the need for female police officers in Afghanistan, which has seen a string of attacks on prominent women.

Negar's predecessor as top female officer in Helmand, Islam Bibi, was gunned down in July.

Women make up just 1 percent of police officers in Afghanistan. They often face threats from militants as well as their own families.