By Rukhshana Media
A 25-year-old woman was shot dead by Taliban gunmen at a checkpoint in the Afghan capital, Kabul, late Thursday, according to her family.
Zainab Abdullahi was returning home from a wedding party with her family when the Taliban opened fire on their vehicle at a checkpoint in west Kabul, said Fatima Abdullahi, Zaibab’s older sister, who was also in the car.
“Two bullets ripped through her heart, and she was dead before we reached the hospital,” Abdullahi told Rukhshana Media in a phone interview.
Three Taliban gunmen stopped the family at a checkpoint, who looked into the vehicle and cleared them to go. “As we left, one of the Taliban started shooting at our car.”
“The Taliban soldiers were seemingly intoxicated on something,” Abdullahi added.
According to the family, Zainab, an employee of a private bank in Kabul, was the sole provider for her old parents.
Zainab was planning her wedding in a month, her fiancée Najib Bashiryar told Rukhshana Media.
According to Zainab’s family, the checkpoint is set up by the Police station District 13. The Taliban from the police station visited Zainab’s family, offering sympathy. “We cannot do anything else but express our sympathy with you,” the visiting Taliban told the family, said Bashiryar.
The Taliban interior ministry did not respond to Rukhshana Media’s request for comment.
In early September last year, Taliban gunmen opened fire on a pregnant woman in Kabul who was shopping. In a statement, the Taliban later claimed armed robbers killed her.