According to Afghan authorities, a former Afghan MP and her bodyguard were shot and killed at her residence in Kabul.
One of the few female MPs who remained in Kabul after the Taliban took over in August 2021 was Mursal Nabizada, 32.
In the incident on Sunday, her brother and a second security guard both sustained injuries.
Former coworkers applauded Ms. Nabizada for refusing the opportunity to leave Afghanistan and for being a “fearless warrior for Afghanistan.”
Women have been largely excluded from public life since the Taliban seized control again in 2021.
Security forces, according to Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran, have launched a thorough inquiry into the event.
Ms. Nabizada was “a true trailblazer – a strong, vocal woman who advocated for what she believed in, even in the face of danger,” according to former politician Mariam Solaimankhil.
She stated on Twitter, “Despite having the option to escape Afghanistan, she decided to stay and fight for her people.
If they find me, they will kill me, female government employees in Kabul warned Finding Afghanistan’s exiled women MPs.
Ms. Nabizada, a native of the eastern province of Nangarhar, was chosen to represent Kabul in parliament in 2018 and held that position until the Taliban took control.
She worked at the Institute for Human Resources Development and Research while serving on the parliamentary defense commission.
In response to the murder, Hannah Neumann, a member of the European Parliament, declared: “I am heartbroken and indignant and want the world to know!”
“She was murdered in the dead of night, while the Taliban constructed their system of gender segregation in broad daylight.”
Former top official in the former Western-backed government of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, expressed his sadness for Ms. Nabizada’s passing and expressed hope that those responsible would be held accountable.
She was a “representative and servant of the people,” according to him.
After the US-led invasion of Afghanistan two decades ago, many women who had held high-profile professional positions fled the nation when the Taliban retook power.