- Nimat Rawan was shot useless by gunmen within the southern metropolis of Kandahar.
- Rawan’s killing comes amid a US troop withdrawal which has seen elevated violence in Afghanistan.
- The US started to drag out its forces below the settlement reached with the Taliban in talks final 12 months.
A former journalist who labored for Afganistan’s finance ministry was shot useless by gunmen within the southern metropolis of Kandahar on Thursday, provincial officers mentioned, as violence mounted throughout the nation amid a US troop withdrawal.
No group instantly claimed accountability however authorities officers and Western powers often blame Taliban insurgents for such assaults, which they deny.
Nimat Rawan, a former information anchor at ToloNews, Afghanistan’s largest personal tv station, was shot useless on Thursday morning, provincial police spokesman Jamal Naser mentioned. Police have been investigating, he mentioned.
Many related killings have taken place in latest months, usually focusing on journalists, civil society activists, authorities officers, and judges.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denied the militant group was behind the capturing of Rawan in Kandahar. In tweets on Wednesday, Mujahid had warned in opposition to “propaganda and one-sided broadcasts” by some media shops.
“If this continues, the accountability for the following steps will fall on the media officers and its workers themselves,” he mentioned.
President Ashraf Ghani condemned the assault and mentioned the militants couldn’t the silence the individuals’s freedom of speech.
Afghan safety forces are locked in day by day fight with the Taliban, which has waged battle to overthrow the foreign-backed authorities because it was ousted from energy in Kabul in 2001.
The USA has begun to drag out its forces below an settlement reached with the Taliban in talks final years, though it has missed a 1 Could withdrawal deadline. Critics of President Joe Biden’s resolution to deliver the troops dwelling say the Taliban will attempt to sweep again into energy.
In simply two days, the Taliban captured a second district within the northern province of Baghlan on Thursday, provincial police spokesman Jawed Basharat mentioned.
Six Afghan safety forces have been killed in a Taliban night-time assault on their outpost within the central province of Ghazni, an area official mentioned.
The Afghan authorities says the Taliban have killed and wounded greater than 50 troops in assaults in no less than 26 provinces over the past 24 hours, whereas its forces killed dozens of Taliban over the identical interval.
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