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Afghan women's right activist shot dead in Mazar-i-Sharif

06 Nov, 2021
The 29-year-old woman's right activist was shot dead in northern Afghanistan. Twitter
The 29-year-old woman's right activist was shot dead in northern Afghanistan. Twitter

The women's right activist Frozan Safi was shot dead in Mazar-i-Sharif according to a report on Friday by The Guardian.

The 29-year-old woman's death may be the first one of a women’s rights defender since the Taliban assumed power in August, reported the British paper.

Safi was first reported missing on October 20 and her body was identified in a morgue by her family.

“We recognised her by her clothes. Bullets had destroyed her face,” her sister Rita was quoted by The Guardian as saying. Her engagement ring and her bag had both been taken, Rita told the paper.

“There were bullet wounds all over, too many to count, on her head, heart, chest, kidneys and legs,” Rita said.

The Taliban security forces found two unidentified women and men's bodies in a house in Mazar-i-Sharif. According to Zabihullah Noorani, the Taliban’s director for information and cultural affairs in Balkh province, "they could have been victims of a personal feud," he said, adding that the police were investigating the case.

The Guardian writes "the deaths underscore the pervasive sense of fear in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, where a spate of reprisal killings of people linked to the previous government has fostered an atmosphere of impunity and confusion."

Many took to Twitter to condemn Safi's death and called for a proper investigation into her murder.

Tolo journalist tweeted the news along with an image of Safi.

Another woman said she would fight for justice for the women killed.

A local women's organization also tweeted their condolences.