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Gunmen kill three women in Herat

AT-KABUL: Unidentified gunmen shot dead three women in western Herat province, local officials said on Wednesday.

The provincial governor spokesman Jilani Farhad confirmed the incident, saying that the gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire on the women late Tuesday in the city.

Farhad said the main motive behind murder of the women has not been ascertained and added the gunmen managed to flee the area and a search operation is going on.

Officials in provincial hospital confirmed that the dead bodies of the slain women were taken to the hospital.

This comes as numerous incidents involving murder of women have been reported during the recent months across the country.

Most of the violence against women have family tensions. The Afghan conservative society, limits women’s freedom.

At least four women were shot dead by their relatives in northern Balkh province earlier this month while a young woman was set on fire by her husband in western Herat province earlier last month.

Earlier, the Taliban militants executed a 19-year-old girl in northern Sar-i-Pul province while a 22-year-old woman was shot dead in July by her relatives on charges of having relations with a stranger over the telephone.

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