Former Afghan woman lawmaker shot dead at home, had stayed in Kabul after Taliban takeover

The Associated Press reported, citing police, that a former Afghan female congressman and her bodyguard were shot dead by unknown attackers in her home. Mursal Nabizada was attacked at her home in the capital, Kabul, police said. She was one of a handful of female MPs who stayed in Kabul after the Taliban seized power in August 2021 after the US withdrew.

The incident is also the first killing of a member of the previous government in Kabul since the Taliban took control.

Local police chief Molvi Hamidullah Khalid said Mursal Nabizada and her bodyguard were shot to death in the same room around 3 a.m. Saturday, according to news agency Associates Press. A second guard was injured in the shooting of Mursal Nabizada’s brother, while a third fled the scene with money and jewelry, police said.

Mursal Nabizada died on the first floor of her house, where her office was located, police added that further investigations were ongoing. The motive for the shooting has yet to be ascertained.

Mursal Nabizada was elected to represent Kabul in 2019. She held office until the Taliban took control. She was also a member of the Congressional Defense Committee and worked for the Human Resources Development and Research Institute, a private non-governmental organization.

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