Afghans In Shock After Three Female Media Workers Gunned Down In Jalalabad
Barbarity gripped Afghanistan on Wednesday as three female media workers were killed in the eastern city of Jalalabad, the latest assassinations to agonize the devastated country.
Journalists, activists, and judges have been attacked by gunmen recently or killed by explosives attached to their vehicles. This rising violence forced many into hiding and some leaving Afghanistan.
The killings have worsened since peace talks began last year between the Afghan government and the Taliban. The opponents perceived that rebels are eliminating and that sparked fears.
The three women were gunned down in two distinct attacks after they left the Enikass TV station where they worked on Tuesday.
An Islamic State associate later professed responsibility for the murders, stating that its gunmen did the killings of what is known as “journalists working for one of the media stations faithful to the apostate Afghan government”. The friends and family members of the deceased gathered in Jalalabad to bury their loved ones as they requested for the eradication of the killings.
According to Mohammad Nazif, his cousin Sadia Sadat was just 18 years old when she was brutally killed on Tuesday, and she had been serving in the TV station since last year to financially assist her family.
“Her family was very pleased for her work in TV. She had not received any threats,” Nazif added.
A colleague at Enikass TV commented on the condition of anonymity “I don't know why the militants choose such innocent girls to target. I request them to quit the targeted killing of media workers.” The station was staggering from the murders, and the three victims were like “family”. “Three decent girls were gunned down in the daylight in the middle of the city. Nobody is safe anymore,” the colleague added.
In December, another female employee of Enikass TV was killed in Jalalabad in similar conditions.
Afghanistan has long been categorized as one of the most unsafe countries in the world for journalists.