Former Afghan MP Mursal Nabizada shot dead in Kabul

A former Afghan female legislator Mursal Nabizada and one of her bodyguards have been killed at her home in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul.

Khalid Zadran, the Spokesperson of the Kabul Security Department confirmed that unknown gunmen entered Mursal Nabizada’s house and shot two people to death last night.

Mursal Nabizada, 32, was reportedly shot in the chest and head in the unrecognized night time attack. Her brother and second security guard were also wounded.

Mursal was among the few lawmakers who stayed in Afghanistan after the Taliban took over the power in August 2021. She was the first MP from the previous administration who has been killed in the city since the Taliban takeover.

Nabzida was elected as an MP of the parliamentary defence commission from Kabul in 2018. 

Former lawmaker and politician Mariam Solaimankhil said: “ Nabzida was a fearless champion for Afghanistan, a true trailblazer-  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 people” Mariam tweeted.

Member of the European Parliament Hannah Neumann tweeted: “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.”