Nadim’s father was killed in a petrol station attack

Nadia Nadim on women’s football in Afghanistan one year on from Taliban takeover In December 2001, Nadim, who was 15, was driving with her father, mother and younger brother when they stopped for petrol…

Nadim's father was killed in a petrol station attack

Nadia Nadim on women’s football in Afghanistan one year on from Taliban takeover

In December 2001, Nadim, who was 15, was driving with her father, mother and younger brother when they stopped for petrol at a petrol station near their home in the village of Takht-e-Barak, west of Kabul.

Nadia told the BBC: “As we were filling up our car we noticed a black car outside the petrol station, with a man in it. My father said something to the man and he got into the car and drove away. Then we noticed that the man had two bullet holes in his leg. My father said to me to get out of the car and hide under the dashboard. I ran into the house and my mother told the driver to stop and get out of the car. The man was not injured at all. When he got out he stood up and looked at us standing by the car. My mother ran out. She pulled the man’s arm and told him to go away.”

Two Taliban members then stormed the petrol station, killing her father and two other men, and shooting in the air and at people they caught in the area.

Speaking to the BBC, Nadim said: “We were hiding from the Taliban because they had come so close and we didn’t know what to do so we just run. When the Taliban came they started shooting. He (the man with the two bullet wounds) came up to us and he told us they (the Taliban) wanted to kill us but we were afraid and we ran away.”

Nadia Nadim became one of the wives of Mullah Mohammad Omar’s son, Gulbadin.

The BBC has also obtained a video recording made by Nadim’s family after they fled to Kabul from their village.

The recording shows Nadim and her mother crying as they look at the body of their father.

The father, Muhammad, had been shot six times in the chest and head as he tried to protect his children and wife.

It is feared Nadim, who was 15 at the time, also became pregnant by the man who shot him and, before leaving for Kabul with her family, she had him taken to hospital

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