Three female media workers shot to death in eastern Afghanistan
Three female media workers were shot dead in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Tuesday while heading home from work.
Local broadcaster Enikass TV said the women killed were its employees. Zalmai Latifi, director at the station, said they were gunned down in two separate attacks after leaving the network.
“They are all dead. They were going home from the office on foot when they were shot,” Latifi said.
Two other people, apparently passersby, were wounded in the shootings.
Latifi said the three women were recent high school graduates aged between 18 and 20.
No group claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Nangarhar police chief Juma Gul Hemat said an armed suspect was later taken into custody following the shootings, adding authorities were still looking for other culprits.
“We arrested him as he was trying to escape,” said Hemat. “He has admitted he carried out the attack. He is a Taliban member.”
However, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denied the group had any hand in the killings.
The three women dubbed popular and often emotion-laden dramas from Turkey and India into Afghanistan’s local languages of Dari and Pashtu, said the news editor of the privately-owned station Shokrullah Pasoon.