En afghansk kvinneforkjemper ble drept foran sitt hjem i Kandahar. Taliban har påtatt seg ansvaret. Sitara Achikazi kunne blitt værende i Tyskland, men valgte å dra tilbake for å hjelpe til med oppbyggingen av landet. Det kostet henne livet.

Legislator Sitara Achikzai, a high school teacher and women’s rights activist in her 50s, was shot dead outside her home in the volatile southern city of Kandahar, the head of the council, Ahmad Wali Karzai, told AFP.

«She has been martyred by two men on motorbikes and the case is under investigation,» said Karzai, brother of President Hamid Karzai.

A spokesman for the insurgent Taliban movement, Yousuf Ahmadi, told AFP by telephone that his militia had carried out the assassination.

Achikzai was targeted because she did not have a «good background,» he said, without explaining what this meant.

Achikzai had returned from years exile in Germany with her husband, a doctor and university lecturer, to work in the city, provincial governor Turyalai Wesa told a press conference, describing her as a «brave woman».

«They left their family, their children and their comfortable life behind in the West and came to Kandahar to live with their people and to serve their people,» he said.

The couple had a son and a daughter in Germany, he said.

Provincial police chief Mutaiullah Kate said her single, unarmed bodyguard had said there were four gunmen on two motorbikes.

«Members of the provincial council are allowed five bodyguards each but I don’t know why they don’t use them,» he said.

The Taliban — who had restrictive policies against women when they were in government between 1996 and 2001, including barring them from work outside of the home — have carried out similar assassinations in Kandahar.

They admitted to shooting dead the country’s most high-profile female police officer in the city last year and are also suspected of the 2006 assassination of head of the provincial women’s affairs department.

The fundamentalists were also blamed for an attack in Kandahar in November last year in which acid was sprayed into the faces of schoolgirls.

Afghan female provincial legislator gunned down

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