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Gunmen shot dead former TV journalist in Afghanistan

Kabul, May 6 (EFE).- Unknown gunmen shot dead a government media officer and former Afghan TV presenter in southern Kandahar province on Thursday, officials said.

The gunmen opened fire at Nemat Rawan, who was working as public affairs director at the finance ministry, around 10:30 am when he was traveling in his car.

He died on the spot, police spokesperson Jamal Barakzai told EFE.

Rawan worked as an anchor with private-run Tolo News for years.

He resigned a few weeks ago to take up the public affairs assignment with the finance ministry.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest in a string of targeted killings in the country.

Such killings have picked up the pace in the last more than one year, coinciding with the signing of a peace deal between the United States and the Taliban in Qatar in February 2020.

Rawan is the ninth Afghan media person eliminated in the streak of targeted killings in the past year.

Journalists, rights activists, intellectuals, and religious leaders are common victims of the target killings.

The government blames the Taliban for such target killings. But the insurgent group has rejected the claim.

The attack came a day after the Taliban issued a threat to Afghan journalists accused of siding with the government, amid a US troop pullout from the war-ravaged country. EFE


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