Afghan Journalist and Human Rights Activist Shot Dead In Car Ambush

An Afghan journalist and human rights activist was shot and killed in a car ambush in the central province of Ghor, on Friday.

The unidentified gunmen in western Afghanistan have killed the fifth journalist in the war-ravaged country in the past two months.

A provincial spokesman said, Bismillah Adil Aimaq was on the road near Feroz Koh, the provincial capital of Ghor, returning home to the city after visiting his family in a village nearby, when gunmen opened fire at the vehicle.

“He was 28 years old, and started working with Sada-e-Ghor Radio since 2015,” said Habibollah Radmanesh, the deputy governor of Ghor.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the killing and said his government was committed to supporting and promoting freedom of expression.

“The Taliban and other terrorist groups could not silence the legitimate voices of journalists and the media by carrying out such attacks,” he said in a tweet.

A civil society activist was also killed on Friday by unknown militants.

Targeted killings of journalists, government officials and rights activists, have increased rapidly in recent months as violence surges in Afghanistan despite peace talks between the government and the Taliban.

The Taliban stated in December it was not involved in the killing of media professionals.