The Straits Times
Published on Oct 07, 2012

Children killed as Afghan cop refuses to quit


GHAZNI, Afghanistan (AFP) - Two schoolchildren including a nine-year-old girl were shot dead by militants in Afghanistan after their father refused to quit his job as a policeman, officials said on Sunday.

Henna and her 16-year-old brother Zelgai were killed by two gunmen on motorcycles late on Saturday while in their father's car in the Edgah area of Ghazni province, in the south of the country.

"They were playing inside my car, and the Taleban maybe thought it was me in the car. They opened fire at the car and killed my children," the father, Zalmai, who uses just one name, told AFP.

He said the Taleban had warned him several times in the past that his family would be at risk if he did not leave his job.