Thursday, December 2, 2021

Afghan rights activist, killing 3 other women; 2 suspects caught

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (NWN) – Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the murders of a civil society worker and three other women whose bodies were found in a home in northern Afghanistan last week, a senior Taliban security official and a fellow worker. The slain activist said on Saturday.

In a video statement posted on Twitter, spokesman for the Taliban-run Interior Ministry, Syed Khosti, said the suspects confessed to luring women into the home in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif.

He did not say whether the suspects also confessed to the murders. He neither revealed the motive for the killings nor identified the victims. He said that the matter is being sent to the court.

One of the victims was 29-year-old Frozen Safdie, according to a local cultural center where she worked. Syed Azim Sadat, director of the Zainuddin Mohammad Babar Cultural Center, said Safi was desperate to leave Afghanistan because she feared for her future under restrictive Taliban rule and because she wanted to join her fiancée, also an activist, who had previously lived in the country. had run away.

Sadat told the Associated Press that Safi had left the house three weeks ago to meet someone who claimed he could help her get out of Afghanistan. Khosti said the suspects confessed during interrogation that they had invited the women to the house.

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Some activists have reported receiving phone calls and emails from suspects who claimed they could help those wishing to leave Afghanistan. According to posts in the journalists’ WhatsApp groups, the workers were asked to share their personal details and invited to come to certain places.

Since the Taliban captured the capital of Kabul on August 15, tens of thousands of Afghans have left the country. Most managed to eject during a chaotic airlift witnessed by US and NATO troops before departing Afghanistan in late August.

The Taliban have since reassured the international community that they will not block the departure of Afghans and foreign nationals with valid passports and visas. Hundreds of people have left Afghanistan by flight and land since the end of August.

However, those who do not have a passport or visa do not have the option of immediate departure.

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