Taliban behead junior volleyball player who was part of Afghan women’s national team: Report

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Taliban behead junior volleyball player who was part of Afghan women’s national team
Taliban behead junior volleyball player who was part of Afghan women’s national team

According to the Persian Independent, Taliban insurgents allegedly beheaded a junior volleyball player of the Afghan junior women’s national volleyball team.

Coach Suraya Afzali (name changed) revealed in an interview that the Taliban killed a female player called Mahjabin Hakimi earlier in October. But no one knew about it because the terrorists threatened her family not to talk about it.

Mahjabin was a great player for the Kabul Municipality Volleyball Club until the Ashraf Ghani government fell apart. Then, just a few days ago, photographs of her chopped head and bloodied neck appeared on social media.

Only two of the Afghan women’s national volleyball team’s players were able to flee the country before the Taliban took complete control in August, according to their coach. Mahjabin Hakimi was only one of the many unfortunate female athletes who were in the country.

The Taliban have attempted to identify and hunt down female athletes since their takeover. The militants have been especially on the lookout for members of the Afghan women’s volleyball team. The ones who have previously competed in foreign and domestic competitions and appeared on media programs, according to Afzali.

Taliban behead junior volleyball player: Mahjabin’s death has heightened fears of Taliban assassination

Taliban behead junior volleyball player: Mahjabin's death has heightened fears of Taliban assassination
Taliban behead junior volleyball player: Mahjabin's death has heightened fears of Taliban assassination

“All the players of the volleyball team and the rest of the women athletes are in a bad situation and in despair and fear,” Afzali told the Persian Independent. “Everyone has been forced to flee and live underground.”

The Afghan national women’s volleyball team was founded in 1978. It has long served as a source of inspiration and empowerment for young Afghan women. However, Mahjabin’s death has heightened fears of Taliban assassination. Members of the squad have been unsuccessful in gaining the backing of foreign organizations and governments to flee Afghanistan.

Last week, FIFA and the Qatari government successfully evacuated 100 women footballers from Afghanistan. It included members of the national team and their families.

All women’s sports, political, and social activities have ended since the Taliban took the power in Afghanistan. The great majority of Afghan girls are still denied access to secondary education.

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