KEY POINTS

  • The Taliban allegedly killed a pregnant policewoman in front of her family, according to her son
  • Three men allegedly came to the woman's home and tied her family up before they beat and killed her
  • The Taliban has denied the accusations and claimed the group had no involvement in the killing

The Taliban allegedly murdered a pregnant policewoman in front of her family over the weekend, her son has claimed.

The alleged victim, identified as Negar Masoomi, of Afghanistan's Ghor province, had been eight months pregnant when she was killed on Saturday night, CNN reported, citing statements from the victim's sister and a local journalist in Ghor.

Three unidentified gunmen speaking Arabic allegedly came to Masoomi’s home and searched it before they tied members of her family up, a report by the BBC said. Masoomi, who worked at the local prison, allegedly was beaten and shot in the head in front of her husband and children, according to the outlet.

However, Mohammad Hanif, Masoomi’s son, alleged that the Taliban "killed her with a knife," CNN quoted him as saying. He has called on the government to find the killers and bring them to justice, warning that if nothing is done, "we might have to take the law into our own hands." 

Taliban spokesman Bilal Kareemi denied the accusations and claimed the group had no involvement in the incident.

"[Masoomi] hasn't been killed by the Mujahedeen of the Islamic Emirate, probably it is because of a personal animosity, but we haven't received the final result of the investigation," Kareemi said.

"Our Mujahideen are busy investigating the incident and we will share with you our final findings as soon as we receive it," he added.

The incident happened on the same day a women's protest in the capital city of Kabul demanding equal rights and the ability to participate in the government was allegedly met with violence and tear gas from the Taliban, CNN reported.

The group previously claimed Afghan women can continue to work in the government but that they were not guaranteed cabinet or other senior positions.

Spokesman Zabiullah Mujaheed said the Taliban had already announced an amnesty for people who worked for the previous administration. The group, however, has been accused of hunting down former Afghan security officials and people who may have worked with American or NATO forces, with militants allegedly going house to house, setting up checkpoints and threatening to arrest or kill relatives of "collaborators," the Washington Post reported.

A killing similar to Masoomi's also took place in Kabul on Aug. 27 when the Taliban allegedly dragged folk singer Fawad Andarabi from his home and fatally shot him in the head.

The Taliban also allegedly shot and killed a woman in Takhar province on Aug. 17 after the victim went out in public without a burqa.

women-5963963_1920 Representation. Negar Masoomi, a pregnant policewoman from the Afghan province of Ghor, was allegedly killed in front of her family on the same day women took to the streets of the nation's capital to demand equal rights. Photo: Pixabay