Schoolgirl Shot to Death in Kapisa

News - Afghanistan


A schoolgirl has been shot dead allegedly by local Taliban members while on her way home from school in eastern Kapisa province, provincial officials said Tuesday.

The girl, Anisa, was in Grade 10 and working as a volunteer on a polio campaign in Kapisa. She was returning home from the Mahmoud Raqi Girls High School on Sunday when she was killed in a volley of bullets from armed men.

Kapisa Head of Women's Affairs Saifoora Koohestani said it was local Taliban gunmen, although the group has not claimed responsibility.

"This girl was tenth grade student of Mahmoud Raqi Girls High School in the second part of Koohestan, Kapisa Province. This girl was not only a student, but also a volunteer worker for the (Ministry of) Public Health in the polio campaign," she said.

There have been several cases of students being killed or attacked, but many incidents are not reported.

The Taliban has opposed the polio campaign in parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

In October, Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai received worldwide recognition after surviving being shot in the head by Taliban militants for her work in promoting education for women.

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