Taliban kills brave Pakistan policewoman

After blowing up a number of girl schools, Taliban militants Friday turned their fury on policewomen, killing a head constable and five of her family members, in northwest Pakistan.

Updated: Jan 14, 2011, 15:08 PM IST

Peshawar: After blowing up a number of girl
schools, Taliban militants Friday turned their fury on
policewomen, killing a head constable and five of her family
members, including three children, in an attack on her home in
northwest Pakistan.

Using heavy weaponry like rockets and assault rifles,
about 12 Taliban militants stormed the home of head constable
Shamshad Begum in the restive Hangu district of
Khyber-Pakthunkhwa province, officials said.

They first bombed her home by a rocket and then launched a
frontal assault, firing indiscriminately, killing Shamshad
Begum, her two sons and a daughter, and two sisters-in-law.

Shamshad Begum`s two other sons and another daughter were
injured in the attack.
She had received several death threats from the Taliban,
who are opposed to girls` education and working women.

She recently received a letter from the militants asking
her to quit her job.
Hangu district borders the lawless Kurram tribal region,
where hundreds of people have died in sectarian clashes over
the past three years.

PTI