Afghan actress, director, and activist Saba Sahar has been hospitalized after three males fired into her automobile whereas she was on her approach to work in Kabul.
Sahar is one in every of Afghanistan’s greatest identified actresses and first feminine administrators—in addition to a outstanding ladies’s rights activist. She’s additionally a high-ranking police officer and vocal critic of the Taliban. She was not too long ago promoted to a deputy place overseeing the particular forces devoted to gender points, and has used her police expertise to tell her movies and documentaries.
Sahar’s husband, Emal Zaki, informed the BBC that Sahar was within the automobile with 4 different individuals when the gunmen opened fireplace on the car—the motive force, two bodyguards, and a baby.
4 bullets hit Sahar in the course of the taking pictures, and she or he obtained a profitable operation within the hospital, CBS Information reviews. The bodyguards had been wounded, whereas the kid and the motive force escaped unhurt, per Reuters.
Police informed Reuters that the gunmen escaped; they’re at present investigating.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denied that the rebel group—which, in addition to ISIS, CBS notes, has commonly staged assaults in Kabul—had any involvement in Sahar’s taking pictures. As Reuters notes, unidentified gunmen in Kabul additionally not too long ago shot ladies’s rights advocate Fawzia Koofi.
In a assertion responding to the taking pictures, Amnesty Worldwide wrote, “The rise in attacks and assassination attempts on human rights defenders, political activists, journalists and film actors is extremely worrying. These attacks must be investigated and the perpetrators held accountable. The authorities must protect everyone at risk.”