Four women who reportedly ran empowerment workshops in a volatile area of Pakistan were killed on Monday, according to local police and the women’s employer. The attack raises concerns as an increase in Taliban activity has recently been reported across certain areas of Pakistan.
Fayaz Khan is the chief executive of Bravo College of Technology in Peshawar. Khan said that the women were hired in order to help the local women of the area learn vocational skills such as sewing in North Waziristan.
“Is this the way to give back to someone for the hard work they were doing for the poor?” Khan said by telephone to NBC News. “Their role was tremendous for the local community.”
The women were reportedly the targets of an attack as they passed through a deserted village near the town of Mirali in North Waziristan tribal district, according to police chief Shafiullah Gandapur.
NBC News reports,
North Waziristan runs along Pakistan’s border