Zalmai Latifi, head of native broadcaster Enikas TV, mentioned the three girls have been latest highschool graduates aged between 18 and 20 who labored within the station’s dubbing division.
Government sources mentioned the ladies have been killed on their means residence from work, and witnesses mentioned gunmen shot the ladies within the head earlier than fleeing. A fourth girl was injured, and a hospital spokesman mentioned she had been admitted to hospital and was preventing for her life.
Provincial police chief Juma Gul Hemat mentioned that the suspected lead attacker had been arrested and that he was linked to the rebel Taliban.
A Taliban spokesman denied the group had any involvement within the assault.
A wave of shootings and small bombs connected to autos in Afghanistan have focused journalists, civil society employees and mid-level authorities staff in latest months, as the federal government and Taliban negotiators attempt to dealer a peace deal and the United States withdraws a few of its troops.
The director of Enikass-TV, Zalmai Latifi, was kidnapped for ransom in 2018.
In November 2020, two journalists — Elyas Dayee at Radio Azadi, and former TOLO information presenter Yama Siawash — have been killed in two separate bomb blasts. Also in November, gunmen stormed Kabul University, killing over a dozen folks, together with college students.
In December 2020, feminine journalist Malalai Maiwand, who additionally labored for Enikass-TV, was killed alongside her driver in Jalalabad on her technique to the workplace. Her mom, who was an activist for girls’s rights, was additionally killed 5 years earlier by unknown gunmen.
Enikas TV’s Latifi mentioned the channel, which was arrange in 2018, had employed 10 girls however 4 had now been killed.
The Afghan authorities and a few overseas powers have blamed the assaults largely on the Taliban, which denies involvement. The Islamic State group additionally has a presence within the japanese Afghan province of Nangahar, of which Jalalabad is the capital.
“The focused killing of journalists might trigger a state of worry within the journalistic neighborhood, and this might result in self-censorship, abandonment of media actions, and even leaving the nation,” mentioned Mujib Khalwatgar, head of Afghan media advocacy group Nai.
The Taliban and Afghan authorities are finishing up peace talks in Doha, although progress has slowed whereas US President Joe Biden’s administration is reviewing its plans for the peace course of and the US troop withdrawal.
The US Embassy in Kabul referred to as the killings “devastating information,” and prolonged condolences to the households of the three girls.