18 Oct,QALAT, Afghanistan — An Afghan journalist was shot dead on Sunday in Qalat city, capital of Afghanistan’s southern province of Zabul, provincial police chief said.
“Yaqoub Sharafat was martyred after a gunman fired several rounds of pistol on his vehicle parked along a road in Resala locality of Qalat city. The firing occurred shortly after the victim got in his vehicle after shopping at the evening,” General Mirwais Noorzai told Xinhua.
The deceased was serving as a journalist in the provincial branch of the government-run Afghanistan National Radio and Television Network or RTA, the police official said.
The attacker fled the scene after the firing and the authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. More than 50 journalists have been killed in Afghanistan over the past one and half decade, 10 of them in the first half of this year, according to local agencies supporting media in the country.
In one attack, seven media workers of a private TV channel were killed and over two dozens people wounded in a suicide bombing in Afghan capital of Kabul in January. (Xinhua)