Five women, all of whom worked at the Kandahar airport, were killed together with the driver of the company minibus in which they were travelling. Ahmadullah Faizi, the Director of Kandahar International Airport, explained that the women were employees of a private company which carries out security inspections of luggage and of women passengers. The victims had previously reported anonymous threats from unknown people who disapproved of their work. For the time being no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, attributed by the authorities to militant members of the Taliban. In Afghanistan women continue to be victims of violence, oppression and abuse. According to Afghanistan’s Attorney General’s Office, in the first eight months of 2016 there were 3,700 cases of violence against women.
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