A former TV journalist has been killed in a car bomb explosion in Afghanistan which has been linked to the Taliban.
Yama Siawash was a well-known figure in the country having been a TV reporter for private channel Tolo News before working for Afghanistan’s central bank.
Siawash and two others – a bank employee and their driver – died when a device attached to his car parked near his home in Kabul exploded.
Chairman of the High Council for National Recognition, Dr Abdullah Abdullah offered expressed his sadness at the death of Siawash in a post on Twitter.
He wrote: “I was deeply saddened to hear the death of Yama Siawash; a renowned journalist & his friends in an explosion today in Kabul. I offer my heartfelt condolences to their families & to the free media. No one can silence the media by terror & physical elimination of journalists.”
I was deeply saddened to hear the death of Yama Siawash; a renowned journalist & his friends in an explosion today in Kabul. I offer my heartfelt condolences to their families & to the free media. No one can silence the media by terror & physical elimination of journalists. pic.twitter.com/5T3yztzZdi
— Dr. Abdullah Abdullah (@DrabdullahCE) November 7, 2020
No terrorist organisation has officially claimed responsibility for the attack, but the interior ministry has reportedly blamed the Haqqani militant group, which has connections with the Taliban and is considered a terrorist organisation by the US.
According to the country’s media, President Ashraf Ghani has ordered an investigation into the killings.
— Brishna Ghafoory (@TheBrishna) November 7, 2020
US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) claimed last week that there had been a 50 per cent increase in “enemy-initiated attacks” in the last three months, compared with the previous quarter.
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