Afghan Women’s Rights Activist and Brother Fatally Shot in Kapisa Province

Unknown gunmen on motorbike fatally shot an Afghan women’s rights activist and her brother in northern Kapisa province on Thursday, an Interior Ministry official said, as violence and killings continued to plague Afghanistan.

Unknown gunmen on motorbike fatally shot an Afghan women’s rights activist and her brother in northern Kapisa province on Thursday, an Interior Ministry official said, as violence and killings continued to plague Afghanistan.

“Unknown gunmen on motorbike assassinated Freshta Kohistani in Kohistan district of Kapisa province,” Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said in a press briefing on Thursday.

According to Arian, the brother of Kohistani was also shot during the incident.

Abdul Latif Murad, the provincial governor of Kapisa, said the shooting occurred near Kohistani’s home. He confirmed that the activist’s brother was also killed in the attack.

Authorities said the assassination of Kohistani and her brother was the latest in a series of killings that targeted prominent Afghans.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the fatal shooting. However, the Islamic State group previously revealed that it was the one behind many attacks that occurred in Kabul in recent months, including the one that targeted educational institutions, killing 50 individuals who were mostly comprised of students.

Kohistani is a former provincial council member who actively organized demonstrations and online campaigns. She aims to spread awareness about the widespread harassment and violence against women living in Afghanistan.

Aside from promoting the human rights of Afghan women, Kohistani was also known for strongly condemning the prevalent killings of journalists, politicians and other well-known individuals in the country.

Kohistani wrote a Facebook post days before her assassination, saying that she had asked the authorities for protection after receiving several death threats.

“Afghanistan is not a place to live in. There is no hope for peace. Tell the tailor to take your measurement, tomorrow it could be your turn,” she wrote in a Twitter post in November.


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