Women’s rights activists have expressed despair and anger that Ms Mena Mangal was not better protected by authorities despite creating her fears clear.
Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the interior ministry, said one or possibly more assailants had escaped the scene although nobody has ever immediately claimed responsibility for the assault and authorities say it is not yet clear if the murder was a terror attack or an attack from somebody Ms Mangal knew. Mena Mangal was shot dead on Saturday in a public place while she was on her way to operate in the capital city of Kabul.
“This woman had shared her life was at risk. Why did nothing happen? We are in need of answers, ” Wazhma Frogh, an Afghan human rights lawyer and women’s rights campaigner said in a post on Twitter.
Frogh said Mangal had recently posted on Facebook that she received threats and feared for her life. Mangal was a highly regarded journalist who had worked at Tolo TV, the largest broadcaster in Afghanistan, as well as Shamshad and Lemar television stations.
She had recently become a cultural adviser to the lower room of Afghanistan’s national parliament. An Afghan journalist and political adviser, Mena Mangal, who had been vocal about women’s rights in the country, has been shot dead in broad daylight, only days after stating she believed her life was at risk.