‘Nobody is safe anymore’: Afghans in shock after three female media workers killed
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 war-weary 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.”
A colleague at Enikass TV who spoke on condition of anonymity said the station was reeling from the murders, saying the three victims were like “family”.
“Three innocent girls were shot dead in the daylight in the middle of the city. Nobody is safe anymore,” said the colleague…..read more