Taliban “beheading member of women’s youth volleyball team” – .

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Mahjabin Hakimi was reportedly killed in early October (Photo: AP)

A member of the Afghan women’s volleyball team was beheaded by the Taliban, said one of her coaches.

Mahjabin Hakimi was a successful player and a rising star of the Kabul Municipality club.

She was reportedly killed in early October, but her trainer said no one outside her family, who had reportedly been threatened with silence, knew the details or the circumstances.

It is understood that images of Mahjabin were posted online after his death.

Speaking to the Persian Independent, the coach, using the pseudonym Suraya Afzali, said female athletes across Afghanistan were under “serious threat” as a result of the Taliban takeover.

She said the activists were looking for them, searching homes in several towns.

Only two members of the team have managed to flee the country since the Taliban took power, she said.

Suraya said, “All the players on the volleyball team and the rest of the female athletes are in a bad situation, in despair and fear.

“Everyone was forced to flee and live in unknown places.

Mahjabin Hakimi, who played for the national youth team, was a successful player and rising star for the Kabul Municipality club (Photo: Facebook)

In September, a former member of the team who had managed to escape Afghanistan told the BBC that one of their teammates had been killed by the Taliban.

Zahra Fayazi, who played for the team for seven years before becoming a coach, said players living in the provinces had to move and live elsewhere.

Others took steps to try and hide the fact that they had played sports.

She added: “They even burned their sports equipment to save themselves and their families.

“They didn’t want them to keep anything sports related. They are scared.

“Many of our players from the provinces have been threatened on several occasions by their relatives who are Taliban and supporters of the Taliban.

“The Taliban have asked the families of our players not to allow their daughters to play sports, otherwise they will face unexpected violence. “

Afghan women have been calling for better rights since the Taliban took power (Photo: EPA)

Volleyball is one of the most popular sports in Afghanistan.

The women’s team was created in 1978, but was forced to cease its activities from 1992 to 2002 due to the civil war and the Taliban regime.

The team restarted when the Taliban were toppled and received strong support from inside the country.

He took part in international and regional competitions and won trophies.

The women’s team has been divided into an adult and youth division with 14 players in each age group.

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