Sunday, October 19, 2008

Lt.Col. Malalai Kakar, died September 28, 2008

Who even knew there were women police officers in Afghanistan?

"Known simply as Malalai in Kandahar, Kakar achieved legendary status in the province after killing three assassins in a shoot-out. ... Kakar did not exploit her femininity. She presented herself as a typical, tough-talking, swearing officer and did not hesitate to dispense instant justice. On one occasion she beat a man who she discovered had been keeping his wife in chains in his basement. 'I’m very famous as a dangerous person in Kandahar,' Kakar once said. 'People fear me. If I go near the shops, they take their stuff and leave.'"

She was, as you can probably guess, murdered by the Taliban.

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