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Mise à jour le dimanche 12 avril 2009 à 22 h 55

Photo: AFP/Hamed Zalmy

Sitara Achakzai

Quatre hommes montés sur deux motos ont abattu, dimanche, Sitara Achakzai à Kandahar. Cette parlementaire régionale et militante des droits des femmes était aussi professeure.

Elle descendait de voiture devant chez elle lorsqu’elle a été abattue. Son garde du corps, non armé, n’a rien pu faire pour la sauver.

L’attentat a ensuite été revendiqué par les talibans. Ils ont indiqué qu’ils l’avaient éliminée, parce qu’elle n’avait pas un « bon passé », sans donner plus de détails.

Sitara Achakzai possédait la double nationalité afghano-allemande et s’était réfugiée en Allemagne lorsque les fondamentalistes religieux ont pris le pouvoir. Elle et son mari ont ensuite décidé de revenir au pays.

Sa famille habite la région de Toronto. Elle venait régulièrement les visiter.

Cet assassinat s’ajoute à une liste déjà longue des femmes victimes des talibans.

À Kandahar seulement, les intégristes ont admis avoir tué, l’année dernière, une policière de haut rang. Ils sont aussi soupçonnés du meurtre de la responsable provinciale de la condition féminine.

Radio-Canada.ca avec Agence France Presse et Reuters 

 

 

 

Taliban assassins gun down female provincial council member

By LWJ StaffApril 13, 2009 12:09 AM

Sitara Achekzai. Click to view.

The Taliban assassinated a female member of Kandahar’s provincial council in a drive-by shooting in the insurgency-plagued southern province.

Sitara Achekzai, a female member of the Kandahar provincial council, was shot to death in broad daylight by unknown assassins in southern Kandahar province on Sunday. A spokesman for the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. Sitara died shortly after four men traveling on two motorbikes opened fire as she exited a vehicle in front of her house, provincial police chief Maitullah Qateh Khan told the Associated Press. Sitara, a proponent of women’s rights, returned to Kandahar in 2004 after living in exile in Germany during the Taliban era.

The Taliban attacked a Kandahar provincial council meeting shortly before noon on April 1, unleashing five suicide bombers and a complex assault that left 13 people dead including provincial education minister Mohammad Anwar Khan and the deputy of the provincial public health department, Dr. Abdulhai Razmal. Sitara Achekzai, who attended the ill-fated meeting, suffered shrapnel wounds to her face after one of the bombers succeeded in penetrating the building’s main lobby and detonated, collapsing parts of the roof. Six of the ten policemen tasked with securing the building were among those killed in the attack.

Abdul Wali Karzai, a provincial council member and brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, told Pajhwok News that the head of the rural development department Eng Abdul Latif Ashna, members of the council Bismillah Afghanmal, Haji Syed Jan Khakrizwal, and an official of UNAMA’s political branch, Mujeebur Rehman were injured during the attack.

Taliban officials have reportedly offered 200,000 Pakistani rupees, around $2,500, to anyone who murders a councilor.

The Taliban have a long history of attacking both provincial council meetings and other prolific female personalities in Kandahar. In November, a suicide truck bomber detonated a fuel tanker truck near a government compound hosting a provincial council meeting. The massive blast killed six people, wounded 42 others, destroyed five nearby homes and damaged the provincial intelligence headquarters. General Rahmatullah Raufi, the governor of Kandahar province at the time, said two of the dead were provincial intelligence officers.

Last September, the Taliban assassinated Captain Malalai Kakar, the top female police officer for Kandahar, in a similar brazen daylight attack that included motorbike assassins shooting her point blank in the head as her son drove her to work. Ms. Kakar ran Kandahar’s department of crimes against women at the time of her death.

Other Kandahari commanders and MP’s have also been targeted and killed. Two Taliban suicide bombers succeeded in penetrating Kandahar’s provincial police headquarters in September and nearly assassinated the Border Police Commander Abudl Razziq. On July 7, 2008, MP Habibullah Jan was shot dead by assassins after visiting an Army base in the Zhari district. In February 2008, a Taliban suicide bomber killed at least 55 people including a pro-government militia commander named Abdul Hakim Jan at a dog fighting match in the Arghandab district of Kandahar.

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