KABUL, April 12 (KUNA) -- Armed men gunned down a female legislator of a
provincial assembly in Afghanistan's troubled province of Kandahar
Sitara Achakzai (Asakzai), elected member of the Kandahar provincial
assembly, was ony way to her house in the main Kandahar city when intercepted
by armed men and sprayed bullets at her.
No eyewitness account of the attack is immediately available with
police so far, but officials said the attackers escaped the scene
after committing the crime.
Agha Lalai, head of the reconciliation commission in Kandahar, once known
as the stronghold of Taliban and birth place of the movement, confirmed the
attack and killing of the female Afghan legislator.
Quoting some locals in the area where the attack was carried out on
the female parliamentarian, Lalai said the assailants escaped on a
A police official, who wished not to be named, said that the assailants
ambushed the car of Sitara Achakzai with automatic weapons near her house in
the jurisdiction of fifth police station of the city of Kandahar.
Police officials said they had launched investigations into the incident.
As a security measure to nab the culprits, a senior official said police
security had been beefed up on all entry and exit points of the city.
Kandahar is considered the birth place of the Taliban movement and their
stronghold. Ealier, militants had gunned down head of the women affairs
department Safia Amma Jan in the same city.
Taliban are against the women participation in politics of doing jobs in
government or non-governmental organisation. After grabbing power in
Afghanistan in the late nineties, the militants had banned women from
attending offices or coming out of their houses without accompanied by their
Schools were also closed in Afghanistan by the Taliban, who believed that
it was necessary for girls and women to remain inside the four walls of their
houses. No one has so far claimed responsibility for the killing of Sitara
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