ISIS claims killing of 3 female journalists in Afghanistan

In December, ISIS claimed the killing of another of its female employees, Malala Maiwand. He was arrested shortly after the attacks by police in Jalalabad, the provincial capital. Tuesday’s killings brought to 15 the number of media workers killed in Afghanistan in the last six months. The Biden administration is reviewing the deal, which calls for the withdrawal of U.S. Dozens of people gathered Wednesday for the funerals of the three media workers. Two other people, apparently passersby, were wounded in the shooting attack. The women were gunned down Tuesday in separate attacks, according to the news editor of the privately owned station and officials in Nangarhar province. Shokrullah Pasoon of Enikass Radio and TV in Jalalabad — the station the women worked for — said one of them, Mursal Wahidi, was walking home when gunmen opened fire, according to eyewitnesses. Both the Taliban and the government blame the other for staging the attacks to discredit the peace deal or leverage greater concessions. The militants said the three female journalists were targeted because they worked for one of the “media stations loyal to the apostate Afghan government” in Jalalabad. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned Tuesday’s attack, saying assaults on “innocent compatriots, especially women, are contrary to the teachings of Islam, Afghan culture and the spirit of peace.”

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Kabul, Afghanistan — The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the killing of three women working for a local radio and TV station in eastern Afghanistan, the latest in a spike in targeted killings across the war-tor country. The Taliban have denied involvement in most of the targeted killings. Officials say no decision has been made. The other two, whom he identified only as Shahnaz and Sadia, were shot and killed in a separate incident, also walking home from work. Enikass Radio and TV is a privately owned outlet that broadcasts “news, various political, social, Islamic, educational, satirical, and engaging programs and standard dubbing of serials and movies for the people of Afghanistan,” according to its website. Afghan officials said police arrested their alleged killer, identifying him as Qari Baser and insisting he was a member of the Taliban — a claim promptly denied by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.Afghan journalists targeted and they just “want to stay alive” Nangarhar police chief, Gen. pullout

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Afghanistan is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world for media workers. The three women dubbed popular and often emotion-laden dramas from Turkey and India into Afghanistan’s local languages of Dari and Pashtu, added Pasoon, the station’s news editor. First published on March 3, 2021 / 3:17 AM The ISIS claim, posted late Tuesday, contradicted the Afghan government’s accusations against the Taliban. Afghan men carry the coffin of one of three female media workers who were shot and killed by unknown gunmen, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan March 3, 2021. The women’s slayings are part of a larger spike in targeted killings in Afghanistan in the past year, coinciding with the signing of a peace deal between the United States and the Taliban in February 2020. PARWIZ / REUTERS

It wasn’t the first attack against women working at the Enikass Radio and TV.