AT-KABUL: Five Kandahar airport female workers and their driver were shot death by unknown gunmen in the capital of southern Kandahar province on Saturday, provincial officials said.
Provincial governor spokesman, Samim Khpolwak confirmed the incident, saying that the attack occurred in Khwaja Manda locality of the police district 4.
The gunmen managed to escape the scene, however, officials launched investigation into the matter.
Terming the killing of women a brutal act of Afghanistan’s enemies, President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday said that killing civilians, particularly women, was unjustified under any law.
“Such acts indicate sign of the weakness of the country’s enemy,” president quoted in a statement issued by the Presidential Palace. Furthermore, he expressed his deep shock over the incident.
He added that Afghanistan’s enemies have once again showed that they are against Islamic values, and do everything to prevent development of the country.
Instructing related organs to probe the shooting, President Ghani said that such attacks have no place in any religion or law.
While condemning the shooting, the Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah vowed justice for the slain female workers.
“I strongly condemn the attack on innocent, armless women by coward and wild enemies in Kandahar this morning,” Abdullah said at his twitter post.
Moreover, he said that Afghans stand with the families of the victims in their grief and in their pride and we all honor their sacrifice.
“This is not Islam. This is not something Afghans were taught in our culture. Afghans would never open fire on women,” he further twitted.
“It is very inhuman, very much against the human rights and every faith and belief to attack women. It is nothing but barbarism.”
He assured to bring the attackers to justice. “Whatever cost it takes, we will make them pay for it. It is a must.”
“The justice will be prevailed. All measures will be taken to protect the courageous women who their lives and work for their country,” he added.
No insurgent outfits claimed responsibility for the attack. Besides, Qair Yousuf Ahamadi one of the Taliban’s spokesman in a media statement rejected involvement in the attack.
“Killing of five women in Kandahar has nothing to do with us,” he said.