Four female activists were found dead in controversial circumstances in the PD-1 of Afghanistan’s Mazar-e-Sharif province.
The bodies were found in a pit on the outskirts of Khalid bin Walid township. A civil activist named Forouzan Safi is also among the victims.
Mohammad Sabir Bator, Forouzan Safi’s husband, who is also a civil activist, has left the country due to security threats and is currently living in Iran. He told Hasht-e Subh that his wife had been mysteriously and purposefully shot dead in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif at 2:30 pm on Wednesday, October 27, along with three young women’s rights activists.
According to him, his wife left home at two o’clock in the afternoon after receiving a call from people who introduced themselves as representatives of a human rights organization and then disappeared.
Ten days before the incident, other people had also called Forouzan Safi, he said.
They claimed to be members of a human rights organization, assisting civil activists and human rights defenders in leaving Afghanistan.
Mr. Bator said his wife had left home on Wednesday afternoon with her education and travel documents, telling her family members that she wanted to flee Afghanistan secretly with the help of a human rights organization.
Her family called Forouzan an hour or two after she left the house, but their calls were not answered. According to the relatives, they finally tried to find Forouzan Safi. A few hours after the attempt, her dead body was found in the morgue of Mazar-e-Sharif Central Hospital.
Her relatives say the body of the civil activist was taken to Mazar-e-Sharif Hospital by unknown individuals, of whom the hospital has no information. These people also took Forouzan Safi’s mobile phone, jewelry, and educational documents with them.
According to the female activist’s relatives, they have contacted local Taliban officials to track down the perpetrators, but have not received a positive response. According to them, there are currently four unidentified bodies of young women in the hospital morgue, whose families have not yet been found.
In an interview with our correspondent, Sabir Bator, Forouzan Safi’s husband, reported that his wife had been killed in a pre-arranged plan.
There are now organized networks in Afghanistan seeking to identify and assassinate civil activists and journalists, he said.
According to him, most of these incidents are not reported in the media.
The identities of the other victims are still unknown. Local Taliban officials have not yet commented on the incident. The incident comes as the targeted killings of former government forces, civil society activists, and journalists have increased in Afghanistan.