Malalai Maiwand, a Nangarhar based Enikass Radio, and TV journalist has been killed along with her driver in an attack by unknown gunmen on their vehicle in Jalalabad city Thursday morning, capital of the province, local officials confirmed.
The incident took place around 7:10 am local time in the Golaye Araban area, Police District 3 of Jalalabad city, Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the Nangarhar governor said.
“She was on her way to the office when the incident occurred,” Khogyani said, adding that “her driver was also shot and killed in the attack.”
However, no group, including the Taliban, has immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.
“We strongly condemn these attacks on media representatives and civil society and civilians. They must stop!,” the German embassy in Kabul said in a Twitter post:
This comes as, the European Union (EU) delegation, NATO, and diplomatic missions based in Kabul in a joint statement on Monday said they “strongly condemn” the recent targeted attacks on representatives of the media and religious leaders.
“Taliban and various terrorist organizations are responsible for the significant majority of civilian casualties in Afghanistan,” the statement furthered
“We consider these not only as savage attacks against Afghan blood but as an attack on the very peace process in Afghanistan. Recognizing the bravery of Afghanistan’s people, we are confident that these attacks will fail in their intent to silence the diversity of opinions,” the statement furthered said.
Another journalist Elyas Dayee, a Radio Azadi reporter, was killed last month, in a magnetic IED blast in the southern province of Helmand.
A week before Elyas Dayee’s killing, Yama Siawash, a former TOLOnews presenter, was killed in a similar blast in Kabul.