Bomb kills head of women's affairs in Afghan east

July 13, 2012 15:59

NANGARHAR, Afghanistan - A regional head of women's affairs was targeted and killed by a car bomb in Afghanistan's east on Friday, officials said, the latest act of brazen violence against women in the country.

Hanifa Safi was killed when driving through the capital of Laghman province, Mehtar Lam, when a bomb attached to her car exploded, said the provincial governor's spokesman Sarhadi Zwak.

"It killed her and left her husband, who was with her in the car, in a coma," Zwak told Reuters, adding that the attack about 150 km (93 miles) east of Kabul also wounded 10 civilians.

Zwak declined to say whether or not he believed the Taliban were behind the attack, instead saying "enemies of Afghanistan" planted the bomb.

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