One of Afghanistan’s first female film directors and a police officer Saba Sahar was shot at in Kabul on her way to work.
According to media reports, three gunmen opened fire on her car in in Kart-e-Naw area in PD8 of the Afghan capital Kabul when she was on her way to the office. Her bodyguard and driver were also injured, her relatives were quoted as saying.
No group has claimed the attack.
Sahar’s husband Emal Zaki said that he heard gunshots within five minutes of her leaving their home. He said when he called her, she told him she had been shot and hit in the stomach.
“I reached the scene and found them all wounded,” he said. “She received first aid and we transferred her to the emergency hospital and then to the police hospital.”
Responding to the attack on Sahar, Amnesty International said on Twitter, “The rise in attacks and assassination attempts on human rights defenders, political activists, journalists and film actors is extremely worrying. These attacks must be investigated and the perpetrators should be held accountable. The authorities must protect everyone at risk.”
Sahar trained as a police officer and still works for the interior ministry. Her films and television programmes have explored justice and corruption — including ‘Commissioner Amanullah’, ‘The Law’, ‘Passing the Rainbow’ and ‘Kabul Dream Factory’, among others.