Afghan volleyball player reportedly beheaded by Taliban

19:00 | 22.10.2021
An Afghan volleyball player on the girls’ national team was beheaded by the Taliban - with gruesome photos of her severed head posted on social media, according to her coach, Report informs referring to Fox Sports.

Mahjabin Hakimi, one of the best players in the Kabul Municipality Volleyball Club, was slaughtered in the capital city of Kabul as troops searched for female sports players, her coach told the Persian Independent.

She was killed earlier this month, but her death remained mostly hidden because her family had been threatened not to talk, claimed the coach, using a pseudonym, Suraya Afzali, due to safety fears.

However, the Payk Investigative Journalism Center said its sources also confirmed that Ms Hakimi "was ‘beheaded’ by the Taliban in Kabul.”

The governing group has yet to comment, Payk Media said.

Afzali told the Persian Independent that she was speaking out to highlight the risk that female sports players face, with only two of the women’s national volleyball team having managed to flee the country.

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