Migrant from Afghanistan shot dead in Washington, D.C

A young man who fled Afghanistan after the fall of Kabul in 2021 was shot dead in Washington, D.C. earlier this week, in what police described the former US special forces translator as having been a “shooting victim”.

Local media reported the victim, 31-year-old Nasrat Ahmad Yar, was found inside a vehicle in the northeastern part of the city on July 3. He was taken to a local hospital where he died.

CBS reported that home surveillance video shared by police showed four people fleeing the scene. One person can be heard saying: “You killed him! He was about to get out.” Another responds with, “He was reaching, bro.”

WUSA9 news outlet reported that Yar had been working as a late-night Lyft driver after recently having moved his family to D.C from Philadelphia. Yar had reportedly moved his family of four because they felt unsafe after he was robbed at gunpoint in Philadelphia.

Local media reported that a local community group of migrants from Afghanistan is hosting a fundraiser for funeral costs and living expenses for Yar’s family. Police meanwhile are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Yar’s killers.