Unknown gunmen kill and injure two women in Sar-e-Pol province

Unknown gunmen killed a woman and injured another in the Sayyad district of northern Sar-e-Pol province.

One source said that three armed men opened gunfire as they stormed into a home in a village on Saturday night, killing a widow and injuring her daughter-in-law in the leg.

The widow was identified as 45-year-old Niaz Khal who lost her husband eight years ago.

The assailants managed to escape from the area, the source added.

Local Taliban authorities confirmed the shooting, citing “personal enmity” as the motive behind it.

They did not provide further information.

A recent study reported harrowing accounts of women being abused, violently killed and their bodies dumped in rivers and streets under Taliban rule, suggesting that cases of femicide are on the rise.

The report documented 1,977 claims of human rights breaches involving killings, arbitrary detentions, and torture of the people since January last year. Of these, at least 188 cases included women being beheaded or shot at as well as stabbed or suffocated to death.