Tributes poured in on Monday for a former Afghan lawmaker who was shot and killed by gunmen at her home in the capital of Kabul the day before. It was the first time a lawmaker from the previous administration had been killed in the city since the Taliban took power.
Mursal Nabizada was among the few female parliamentarians who remained in Kabul after the Taliban seized power in August 2021. Police said one of her bodyguards was also killed in Sunday’s attack.
Karen Decker, US Charge d’Affaires for Afghanistan, tweeted: “Hold the perpetrators accountable!”
“Angry, heartbroken by the murder of Mursal Nabizada – a tragic loss. I offer Mursal’s family my condolences and hope to see them get justice for this senseless act,” Decker also said in his tweet.
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Nabizada’s brother was also injured in the attack, according to Khalid Zadran, spokesman for the Kabul police chief in the Taliban administration. A police investigation was ongoing, he added.
Hannah Neumann, Member of the European Parliament, also tweeted her condolences. “I’m sad and angry and I want the world to know! She was killed in the dark, but the Taliban are building their gender apartheid system in broad daylight,” Neumann said.
Earlier, local police chief Hamidullah Khalid said another security guard fled the scene with cash and jewelry.
Abdullah Abdullah, a senior official in the former Western-backed Afghan government, said he was saddened by Nabizada’s death and hoped the perpetrators would be punished. He describes her as a “representative and servant of the people”.
Nabizada was elected in 2019 to represent Kabul and remained in office until the Taliban took power. She was from the eastern province of Nangarhar. She has also worked with a private non-governmental group, the Human Resources Research and Development Institute.
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After taking power, the Taliban initially said they would not impose the same harsh rules on society as they did when they first ruled Afghanistan in the late 1990s.
But they gradually imposed more restrictions, especially on women. They banned women and girls from going to school beyond sixth grade, barred them from most jobs, and required them to cover their faces when outside.
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