Negar Massomi worked for 15 years as a policewoman, that is, she served for a decade and a half for the recently overthrown former Afghan government that was supported by the United States and Western allies. The end of her life is disheartening. On September 4, 2021, the woman was peacefully at home in Ghor province in central Afghanistan when members of the Taliban group entered her house before violently murdering her.
The murder against Negar was tragic. The woman was not only a police officer, but also a mother and wife. She had a family with whom she was with at the time of the murder in Ghor. Negar, moreover, was 8 months pregnant, so the crime claimed two lives.
“They killed our mother before our eyes. They killed her with a knife,” says in a video revealed by CNN one of Negar’s sons, Mohammad Hanif, who accused the Taliban of murdering his mother.
Hanif asked the Taliban authorities to find those responsible for the murder or else Negar’s family would be forced to take self-defense into their own hands.
The murder of Negar Massomi was also confirmed to CNN by a local journalist in Ghor. The man confirmed that Negar was pregnant and worked in Ghor prison.
In a report in El Mundo, written by Middle East correspondent Lluís Miquel Hurtado, Negar’s son recounted the moment when the assassins knocked on the door of his home and then dragged his mother out, beat her and stabbed her. According to the Spanish newspaper, the Taliban have already killed four female police officers who clearly worked for the former U.S.-backed Afghan government.
Although the Taliban said they will apply an amnesty for former officials of the previous government, several reports indicate that members of the group are harassing and even killing Afghans who were part of the last administration headed by Ashraf Ghani, who fled the country moments after the Taliban took control of Kabul last August.
A Taliban spokesman, Bilal Kareemi, denied the family’s accusations against the terrorist group and said they began investigating Negar Massomi’s crime.
“[Masoomi] hasn’t been killed by the Mujahedeen of the Islamic Emirate, probably it is because of a personal animosity, but we haven’t received the final result of the investigation,” Kareemi said according to International Business Times. “Our mujahideen are busy investigating the incident and we will share with you the final results as soon as we receive them.”
For his part, official Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujaheed told the BBC that they are “aware of the incident and I am confirming that the Taliban have not killed her, our investigation is ongoing.”
The BBC’s version is different from son Negar Massomi’s account. According to the English media, three sources said that the woman was shot rather than stabbed, and that she was also shot in front of her family.
The Taliban want to show the world a more politically acceptable version of the terrorist group. Zabiullah Mujaheed, for example, told the New York Times in an interview that, “in the long run, women would be free to resume their daily routines.” However, in the same interview, Mujaheed assured that music would be banned and that women would need an escort if they were to leave the house for more than three days. In addition, the radical record and cases of abuse that people have been reporting over the past month is understandably generating skepticism and backlash against the terrorist group.