Former Afghan MP Mursal Nabizada and her bodyguard were shot dead on Sunday in Kabul, reported the BBC. Nabizada was among the few female lawmakers who had stayed in Afghanistan after the Taliban took control of the country in 2021.
Nabizada’s brother and another bodyguard were also injured in the attack.
Kabul police spokesperson Khalil Zadran said that the former MP was attacked at her home, AFP reported. “The security forces have started a serious investigation into the incident,” he said.
The politician represented the eastern province of Nangarhar and was elected in 2018, when the United States-backed Hamid Karzai government was in power.
Former lawmaker Mariam Solaimankhil remembered Nabizada as a “true trailblazer” and said that her legacy will live on. “Despite being offered the chance to leave Afghanistan, she chose to stay and fight for her people,” Solaimankhil said on Twitter.
A true trailblazer – a strong, outspoken woman who stood for what she believed in, even in the face of danger. Despite being offered the chance to leave Afghanistan, she chose to stay and fight for her people. We have lost a diamond, but her legacy will live on. Rest in peace. https://t.co/g0HjMPicl5
— Mariam Solaimankhil (@Mariamistan) January 15, 2023
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