A woman who defied a driving ban on female motorists in Saudi Arabia has died in a car crash.
Another was hurt in the crash in the only country in the world where females are banned from getting behind the wheel.
A police spokesman said that one of the women was killed instantly but the other had to go to hospital to be treated for her injuries.
They were in a four-wheel drive on Saturday evening in the northern Hael province when the accident happened.
|The woman's death comes months after Manal Al-Sherif (pictured) was detained for defying the driving ban
'One woman was immediately killed and her companion who was driving the car was hospitalised after she suffered several injuries' police spokesman Abdulaziz al-Zunaidi told AFP.
Her death comes after they joined a growing number of women who have defied the ban since a high-profile campaign by a 32-year-old computer security consultant.
Manal al-Sherif was arrested and detained for 10 days in May after posting a video of herself on YouTube as she drove around Khobar, a city to the east of the country.
Al-Sherif and a group of other women started a Facebook page called 'Teach me how to drive so I can protect myself,' which urged authorities to lift the driving ban.
Several other Saudi women went on to film themselves behind the wheel of a car in the days after al-Sherif's detention.
Women struggle to get around in Saudi Arabia, and it isn't just a result of the driving ban. Taxis can be sparse and some men refuse to drive a woman without a chaperone - usually their husband or a close male relative. One of the arguments that was thrown out by officials was that it was illegal for women to possess a driving license but not for them to drive.
In September, a woman in Jeddah named Shayma Jastaniah was found guilty of driving through the streets.
She was sentenced to 10 lashes as a result of the charges despite holding an international driving license.
Daily Mail, London