Afghan radio journalist shot useless in automotive ambush

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Aimaq, editor-in-chief of Voice of Ghor radio, is the fifth media employee to be killed in Afghanistan in two months.

An Afghan radio journalist has been shot useless in a automotive ambush within the central province of Ghor, making him the fifth media employee to be killed in two months in Afghanistan.

Besmullah Adel Aimaq, editor-in-chief of Voice of Ghor radio, was shot and killed en path to Firoz Koh metropolis, the capital of Ghor province, on Friday, mentioned the governor’s spokesman, Aref Aber.

Aimaq’s homicide follows the same sample in current months, the place outstanding Afghans have been ambushed by gunmen or killed in bomb assaults.

No group has but claimed duty for the killing.

Collection of focused killings

Focused killings of outstanding figures, together with journalists, politicians and rights activists, have develop into extra frequent in current months as violence surges in Afghanistan regardless of ongoing peace talks with the Taliban.

Final month, Afghan journalist Rahmatullah Nekzad was murdered within the japanese metropolis of Ghazni.

He was shot useless by unknown attackers on his solution to a mosque close to his home, in response to studies.

In November final 12 months, Radio Liberty reporter Aliyas Dayee was killed in a automotive bomb assault in southern Lashkar Gah metropolis.

A lot of the violence has been unleashed by the Taliban as they try to achieve leverage in peace talks, which opened in September in Qatar’s capital, Doha, however are presently on a break till early January.

Based on a report by the Committee to Shield Journalists (CJP) launched in December 2020, “the variety of journalists singled out for homicide in reprisal for his or her work greater than doubled” final 12 months.

“Globally, no less than 30 journalists had been killed in 2020; 21 of these had been singled out for homicide in retaliation for his or her work … whereas others had been killed in fight or crossfire or on one other task that turned harmful,” mentioned the report.

Afghanistan was excessive on the listing of nations with a big variety of such murders.