- Taliban allegedly killed an Afghan policewoman
- She was 6 months pregnant when she was shot in front of her family by the Taliban
- The Taliban denied any involvement in the killing of the Afghan policewoman
According to various reports, Taliban shot dead a pregnant Afghan policewoman in front of her family in Ghor province, the latest incident of brutality against women by the hardline Islamist group in Afghanistan.
As per the sources, Banu Nigara was murdered in front of her husband and children at her home in Firozkoh. “Last night at 10 p.m., a police officer named Nigara was shot dead in front of her children and husband in Ghor province. Nigara was six months pregnant when she was killed by the Taliban, according to her family members,” prominent Afghan journalist Bilal Sarwary tweeted on Sunday.
The Taliban denied any involvement in Nigara’s death. “We are aware of the incident, and I confirm that the Taliban did not kill her; our inquiry is underway,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujaheed told the BBC. Mujaheed speculated that the policewoman was killed due to “personal enmity or something else,” noting that the Taliban had already declared amnesty for people who worked for the previous administration.
“Nigara a police officer was shot dead infront of her kids and husband last night at 10PM in Ghor province. Nigara was 6 months pregnant, she was shot dead by the Taliban.” Her family members says. pic.twitter.com/w5vs1Eahsq— BILAL SARWARY (@bsarwary) September 5, 2021
According to witnesses, the Taliban battered and shot the lady dead in front of her husband and children on Saturday, while others were afraid to speak out and for fear of retaliation. According to them, three gunmen broke into the house on Saturday and searched it before tying up family members. According to one of the witnesses reported by the BBC, they were speaking Arabic. Social media images appear to show her body lying on the floor, her face mutilated.
Etilaatroz was told by a civil activist in Ghor that the officer had been working at the provincial prison before the area was taken over by the Taliban.
The policewoman’s murder comes after a female activist said she was beaten up by Taliban militants during a protest for political rights in Kabul last Saturday. Nargis Saddat, an activist, was shown in a video with blood flowing down her face.