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Afghan Journalist Killed in Car Bomb

An Afghan journalist working for the US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty network was killed in a car bombing in southern Afghanistan.

Aliyas Dayee, an Afghan journalist working for the US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty network was killed 12 November, 2020 in a car bombing in southern Afghanistan.

Omar Zwak, the spokesman for the province’s governor confirmed that Dayee was killed after the sticky bomb attached to his car detonated in the city of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province.

Radio Liberty’s chief editor Rateb Noori said Dayee was on his way to the press club when the explosion happened.

Noori said Dayee’s brother was with him in the car but survived the blast.

“Without a doubt, the assassination of Aliyas Dayee is the work of the enemies of freedom of expression and media,” said Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman to President Ashraf Ghani.

 There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing but Vice President Amrullah Saleh accused the Taliban of carrying out the attack.

“They are soft targets. The killings are aimed at eroding and hurting the emotions of the society, which will lead to people’s dissatisfaction with the government,” said Saleh on Twitter. 

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