Fear grips Kabul after a series of murders of prominent Afghans, including religious scholars, politicians, doctors, journalists and activists.
The brother of a judge who was murdered together with a colleague in the Afghan capital over the weekend told how he heard the fatal shots at breakfast.
Gunmen on motorbikes shot dead Zakia Herawi on Sunday when she was picked up to go to the Supreme Court, where she was one of 200 judges.
“We were just having breakfast when we heard the gunshots. My children screamed, ”her brother Haji Mustafa Herawi told AFP news agency on Monday in the family home in Kabul.
“First the driver was shot in the shoulder and then my sister was shot in the forehead.”
A colleague named Qadria, also a judge, was killed next to her.
After a series of murders of prominent Afghans – including religious scholars, politicians, doctors, journalists and activists – fear conquers the capital.
But Haji Mustafa Herawi told AFP the family never expected the violence to reach their front door.
“We had no enmity with anyone … We had not received any threats,” he said.
He had no doubt about who was responsible for his sister’s murder, although he also criticized the government for lack of security.
“The Taliban murdered my sister,” he said.
“The government has absolutely failed to protect the people. Where is the security? “he added, his voice choked with anger.
No group has taken responsibility for Sunday’s killings, but Afghan and US officials have blamed the Taliban.
A resident washes a street after attackers shot and killed two Afghan judges on Sunday [Wakil Kohsar/AFP]Judge Herawi, 47, joined the Supreme Court in 1992, but was exiled to Pakistan during the Taliban’s rule from 1996 to 2001.
She returned to Kabul in 2002, shortly after the persistent Islamist regime was removed by a US-led invasion following the 9/11 attacks.
Like many Afghan families, their experiences of violence go back decades.
The family’s patriarch was killed in a rocket attack by militiamen from Gulbuddin Hekmatyar in the 1990s, the brother said.
The current wave of attacks began in September when the government started peace talks with the Taliban.
“We have absolutely no security in Kabul. It’s just a coincidence that you are alive, ”said Kabul-based Farman Wesal, who, like many Afghans, said he was considering options to leave the country.
“We don’t know where to go … If the situation continues we will be forced to flee.”
Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh, who was in charge of security for Kabul, said targeted killings had increased because armed group militants believed they would be pardoned if caught after a mass exchange between the warring parties last year.
“The solution is that those who are arrested should be hanged,” he said on Facebook on Monday.
On Monday, Kabul was rocked by three bomb attacks, in which one person was killed and another injured.