Chief of election watchdog gunned down in Kabul

A deadly wave of targeted assassinations continues in worn-torn Afghanistan with Yousuf Rasheed, the head of the Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) becoming the latest victim on Wednesday to be gunned down in capital Kabul, TOLOnews reported

Dec 23, 2020
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A deadly wave of targeted assassinations continues in worn-torn Afghanistan with Yousuf Rasheed, the head of the Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) becoming the latest victim on Wednesday to be gunned down in capital Kabul, TOLOnews reported.

Rasheed, a popular civil rights activist and a known advocate for free elections, was targeted by unknown gunmen around 8:30 in the morning today. The incident happened in Police District 7 in Kabul leaving him, and his driver, dead. Kabul police confirmed the incident in a statement.

No group, including the Taliban, took responsibility for the attack. Mourning his death, Tariq Arian, the spokesperson of the Afghan Ministry of Interior, said he was killed due to his “20 years of service for the cause of free and democratic Afghanistan.”

“The President of Afghanistan vehemently condemn today’s terrorist attack on Mr. Rashid...and terms it cowardice and appalling attack on our freedom and democracy,” tweeted Sediq Sediqqi, the spokesperson of the Presidential Palace.

In a separate incident on Wednesday, one police officer was killed and two  wounded in a roadside bombing in police district 7 of Kabul. Frustration against the government’s ability to stop these attacks is increasing day by day.

Soon after the attack, Bilal Sarwary, a senior and renowned Afghan journalist, tweeted, “Kabul is now infested with sleeper cells, assassins, sticky bombs, and roadside bombs. Clear security and intelligence failure.” Afghan officials should stop bluffing, stop bombastic language, and start protecting lives, he advised.

Just two days earlier, an Afghan journalist was assassinated in Ghazni province. And now the interior minister is facing flak for his remark in a meeting with media owners and journalists. The minister is believed to have told owners of media houses to close down their companies if they could not buy guns for their employees.

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