A female journalist named Malala Maiwand was shot dead in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad. The incident occurred on Thursday morning (10/12) in a series of murders in the country. At the time, he was heading to the office when gunmen opened fire on his car in the capital of Nangarhar Province, Jalalabad. The attack also killed the driver, Mohammad Tahir.
Malala is a journalist for the Enikass television and radio channel. Nangarhar Provincial government spokesman Attollah Khogiyani also confirmed the shooting.
“He was on his way to the office when it happened,” he explained.
It is understood the perpetrators of the shooting have fled the scene, and so far no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
“Who has a problem with women working in Afghan society?” Ask Fatima Murchal, the vice president’s spokeswoman, via her Twitter account.
“These cowardly perpetrators will not be forgiven, even if peace is reached,” he added.
In addition to being a journalist, Malala Maiwand is also known as one of the civil rights activists. Previously, she has also revealed the challenges experienced as a female journalist in her country. In fact, five years ago, his mother who was also an activist was killed by unknown people.
Maiwand’s death is a long list of journalists and media workers killed in the country this year. Nine journalists and media workers were also killed. According to Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian, over the past 15 years the majority of journalists killed by murder or assault have been victims of Taliban group attacks.
But this time a Taliban spokesman dismissed the murder charge against Malala Maiwand. Last month, a former television host named Yama Saiwash was also the victim of a murder. He died along with two others when the car they were driving exploded not far from his home in Kabul. That same month, Aliyas Dayee, a Radio Liberty reporter, was killed in a bomb blast in Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province.
Recently, activists and politicians have been subjected to assassinations. It comes amid talks between the Afghan government in Doha, Qatar and the Taliban. The two sides have made progress on the initial issues, but have yet to come to an agreement on a ceasefire or power-sharing.