At her residence in the capital city of Kabul, unidentified gunmen shot and killed a former female lawmaker from Afghanistan and her bodyguard, according to authorities on Sunday.
Following the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul in August 2021, Mursal Nabizada was one of the few female lawmakers to remain in the capital city.
”Nabizada and one of her bodyguards was shot dead at her home,” according to Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran.
Since the takeover, a member of the previous administration’s legislature has never before been assassinated in the city.
Nabizada and her guard were killed by gunfire in the same room at around 3 a.m. on Saturday, according to the local police head Molvi Hamidullah Khalid.
He claimed that two security guards—her brother and another—were injured. Another security guard left the area with cash and jewels.
She passed away at her office on the first floor of her house. Investigations, according to Khalid, are ongoing. Questions concerning his potential motives were unanswered by him.
Former lawmaker Mariam Solaimankhil wrote on Twitter that Nabizada was a “fearless warrior for Afghanistan.”
“A true trailblazer — strong, outspoken woman who stood for what she believed in, even in the face of danger,” she stated.
“Despite being offered the chance to leave Afghanistan, she chose to stay and fight for her people,” she included.
Nabizada, 32, was a Kabul-based lawmaker who was elected in 2018 and was from the eastern province of Nangarhar.
A member of the European Parliament named Hannah Neumann tweeted in response to the murder, “I am sad and angry and want the world to know!”
“She was killed in darkness, but the Taliban build their system of gender apartheid in full daylight.”
A former top official in Afghanistan’s former Western-backed administration Abdullah Abdullah expressed sadness over Nabizada’s passing and expressed hope that those responsible would face consequences. She was a “representative and servant of the people,” according to him.
Malalai Ishaqzai, a former member of the Kandahar parliament, also expressed her sympathy.