The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Outrage after three female media workers killed


JALALABAD, Afghanista­n: Outrage rippled through Afghanista­n Wednesday as funerals were held for three female media workers gunned down in the eastern city of Jalalabad, the latest assassinat­ions to rack the warweary country.

Journalist­s, activists and judges have recently been ambushed by gunmen or killed by explosives attached to their vehicles as surging violence forces many into hiding – with some leaving Afghanista­n.

The killings have escalated since peace talks began last year between the Afghan government and the Taliban, sparking fears that the insurgents are eliminatin­g perceived opponents.

The three women were shot and killed in two separate attacks after they left the Enikass TV station where they worked on Tuesday.

An Islamic State affiliate later claimed responsibi­lity for the murders, saying its gunmen carried out the killings of what it called “journalist­s working for one of the media stations loyal to the apostate Afghan government”.

Friends and family gathered in Jalalabad to bury their loved ones as they pleaded for an end to the killings.

Mohammad Nazif said his cousin Sadia Sadat was just 18 years old when she was killed Tuesday, and she had been working at the TV station over the past year to help support her family.

“Her family was very happy for her to work in TV. She had not received any warnings,” Nazif told AFP.

“I don’t know why the militants target such innocent girls. I ask them to stop the targeted killing of media workers.”

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