Three female media workers have been shot lifeless in the eastern Afghan metropolis of Jalalabad on Tuesday whereas heading dwelling from work.
Local broadcaster Enikass TV stated the ladies killed have been its staff. Zalmai Latifi, director on the station, stated they have been gunned down in two separate assaults after leaving the community.
“They are all dead. They were going home from the office on foot when they were shot,” Latifi stated.
Two different folks, apparently passersby, have been wounded in the shootings.
Latifi stated the three ladies have been current highschool graduates aged between 18 and 20.
No group claimed duty for the assaults.
Nangarhar police chief Juma Gul Hemat stated an armed suspect was later taken into custody following the shootings, including authorities have been nonetheless in search of different culprits.
“We arrested him as he was trying to escape,” stated Hemat. “He has admitted he carried out the attack. He is a Taliban member.”
However, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denied the group had any hand in the killings.
‘Contrary to teachings of Islam’
The three ladies dubbed in style and sometimes emotion-laden dramas from Turkey and India into Afghanistan’s native languages of Dari and Pashtu, stated the news editor of the privately-owned station
In an announcement, President Ashraf Ghani condemned the killings, saying “attacks on innocent compatriots, especially women, are contrary to the teachings of Islam, Afghan culture and the spirit of peace”.
Journalists, spiritual students, activists and judges have all been focused in a current wave of political assassinations which have unfold panic throughout Afghanistan and compelled many into hiding – with some even fleeing the nation.
In January, 28-year-old Bismellah Adel Aimaq, the editor-in-chief of Sada-e-Ghor (Voice of Ghor) radio station, was killed close to Firoz Koh metropolis in the province of Ghor.
In December, gunmen killed Malala Maiwand, a female news anchor at Enikass, and her driver in Jalalabad. An affiliate of the armed group ISIL (ISIS), based mostly in eastern Afghanistan, claimed duty for the killing.
The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee issued an announcement condemning Tuesday’s killings and criticising authorities investigations of earlier killings of journalists.
Without elaborating, it stated the investigations of previous assaults are “not satisfactory at all, something that need to be changed”.
The Vienna-based International Press Institute known as the killings an “unspeakable act”.
Dwindling peace course of
Afghanistan is taken into account one of the harmful nations in the world for media workers. Tuesday’s killings introduced to 15 the variety of media workers killed in the nation in the final six months.
The killings have elevated since peace talks have been launched final 12 months between the Afghan authorities and the Taliban – the newest try to finish many years of battle.
Afghan and US officers have blamed the Taliban for the wave of violence, however the group has denied the accusations.
“These attacks are meant to intimidate, they are intended to make reporters cower. The culprits hope to stifle freedom of speech in a nation where the media has flourished during the past 20 years. This cannot be tolerated,” the US embassy in Kabul stated in an announcement.
The killings come because the US particular envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad returned to Kabul this week for conferences with Afghan leaders in a bid to revive a flagging peace course of.
Khalilzad’s arrival marks the primary time he has returned to Afghanistan since US President Joe Biden took workplace in January and requested him to keep in his publish.
Donald Trump’s administration, keen to finish the United States’ longest struggle, tasked the veteran diplomat with negotiating with the Taliban, culminating in a deal signed in Qatar on February 29 final 12 months.