Independent Persian (Translated by RAWA), November 3, 2021

Targeted killings; four Afghan women shot dead in Mazar-e-Sharif

Dead bodies of 4 Afghan women were found in a pit near the Khalid ibn al-Walid town in Mazar-e-Sharif.

Ferouzan an Afghan women activist killed in Mazar-e-Sharif
Forouzan Safi was lecturer at a private university in Mazar-e-Sharif in North of Afghanistan.

Relatives of a woman activist say that corpses of their daughter and three other girls are found in a pit near the Khalid ibn al-Walid town in Mazar-e-Sharif.

One of the victims is Forouzan Safi, a 30-year-old woman. Forouzan was active in civil and advocacy activities for women and taught at a private university in Mazar-e-Sharif.

Engineer Abdul Rahman Safi, Forouzan Safi's father, told to reporter of the Independent Persian that his daughter left home at 2pm on Wednesday, October 27, after receiving a call to take her travel documents along. She told her family members that she was going to go abroad with the help of a human rights organization. "Two hours after Forouzan left the house, her connection with us was cut off," said Abdul Rahman Safi. "During the search and search for her, we went to the city's central hospital and found her dead body, which showed signs of multiple bullets on her body, in the hospital morgue."

Abdul Rahman Safi did not elaborate on the details due to the threats his family faces. He added that it was still unclear who or what group was responsible for the crime.

"My wife, Forouzan Safi, and three girls who were civil activists in Mazar-e-Sharif were shot dead on suspicion," Mohammad Saber Bator, Forouzan Safi's fiancée, who fled to Iran after the fall of Mazar-e-Sharif to the Taliban, told The Independent. . "No one is responsible for this crime and no institution is listening to us."

The identities of the other three victims have not yet been determined, and no local Taliban officials in Mazar-e-Sharif have commented.

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