Former female Afghan lawmaker shot dead in Kabul — police

Former female Afghan lawmaker shot dead in Kabul — police
A woman looks at a picture of former Afghan lawmaker Mursal Nabizada on her mobile phone, who was shot dead by gunmen last night at her house in Kabul on January 15, 2023. (Photo courtesy: AFP)
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Updated 16 January 2023
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Former female Afghan lawmaker shot dead in Kabul — police

Former female Afghan lawmaker shot dead in Kabul — police
  • Mursal Nabizada was member of Afghanistan’s parliament until the Taliban took over in 2021
  • Afghan authorities have promised serious investigation into the case to identify the criminals

KABUL: A former female member of Afghanistan’s parliament has been killed by unknown gunmen at her home in Kabul, police said.

Mursal Nabizada and her guard were shot dead and her brother was injured in Sunday’s attack, police said.

“The security forces have started a serious investigation regarding the case to find the criminals,” police said in a statement.

Nabizada had been a lawmaker until the Taliban took over as foreign forces withdrew in 2021, when many politicians fled the country.

Nabizada had been elected as a member of the lower house of parliament in 2018 to represent Kabul, according to local broadcaster Tolo.

The Taliban have said they are focused on securing the country and encouraging Afghans to return, but several attacks have taken place in recent months, including one at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs last week that killed and wounded dozens of people and was claimed by Islamic State.

In December, one person was killed in a suicide bomb attack near the Kabul office of the Hizb-e-Islami party, while its leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who was Afghanistan’s Prime Minister in the 1990s, was inside.