Kabul, 16 January 2023 (TDI): A female Afghan parliamentarian and her bodyguard were killed by unknown attackers at her residence in Kabul, according to police reports.

On the morning of 15 January 2023, Mursal Nabizada, a 32-year-old Afghan parliamentarian was killed in her home in Kabul by unidentified attackers. The incident occurred on the first floor of her residence.

The parliamentarian, Mursal Nabizada, was one of the few female members who remained in the capital after the Taliban took control in August 2021.

This marks the first time a Member of Parliament (MP) from the previous administration has been killed in the city since the takeover.

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The local Police Chief stated that investigations are ongoing, but did not provide any information on potential motives for the attack.

While Abdullah Abdullah, a former high-ranking official in Afghanistan’s previous government who led the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), expressed his sadness at Nabizada’s death and called for the perpetrators to be held accountable.

Who was Mursal Nabizada?

Mursal Nabizada was a parliamentarian from Afghanistan who was born in 1993 in Nangarhar Province. In addition to her role in parliament, she also worked for the Institute for Human Resources Development and Research.

She was one of the few leaders who remained in Kabul after the Taliban takeover in August 2021.

Nabizada was elected in 2019 to represent Kabul and served on the parliamentary defense commission, as well as working at a private non-governmental organization.