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Police: Ex-Afghan female lawmaker, guard shot dead at home – The Washington Post

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KABUL, Afghanistan — A former Afghan lawmaker and her bodyguard were shot dead by unidentified assailants at their home in the capital Kabul, police said Sunday.

Mursal Nabizada was one of the few female parliamentarians to remain in Kabul after the Taliban seized power in August 2021.

It is the first time a member of the former government has been killed in the city since the takeover.

Local police chief Morbi Hamidullah Khalid said Nabizada and her security guard were shot dead in the same room around 3 a.m. Saturday.

He said her brother and a second security guard were injured. A third guard fled the scene with cash and jewelry.

She died on the first floor of the house she used as her office. Khalid said an investigation was ongoing. He did not answer questions about possible motives.

Abdullah Abdullah, a former senior official in Afghanistan’s Western aid government, said he was saddened by Nabizada’s death and hoped the perpetrators would be punished. person”.

Former Kandahar parliamentarian Malalai Ishaqzai also expressed his condolences.

Nabizada was elected to represent Kabul in 2019 and remained in that position until the Taliban takeover.

She was a member of the Congressional Defense Committee and worked for the Human Resource Development Research Institute, a private non-governmental group.

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