Afghan Media Head Assassinated: The situation in Afghanistan is getting worse and new areas are being captured by Taliban fighters. Meanwhile, Dawa Khan Minapal, the head of the Media and Information Center of the Afghan government, was assassinated by the Taliban on Friday. Tolo News, quoting its sources, confirmed the news saying that Dawa Khan was attacked in Kabul by unidentified gunmen. The murder is the latest in a series of attacks on journalists and rights activists in recent months.
The incident happened on Friday afternoon on Darul Aman Road in western Kabul. Prior to the head of the media department in the Afghan government, Dawa Khan was the vice-president’s spokesman from 2016 to 2020.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the group’s fighters had killed Dawa Khan Minapal, who ran the government’s press campaign for local and foreign media. The Mujahid later said in a statement that Mainapal was “killed in a special attack by the Mujahideen” and “he was punished for his actions.” The Mujahid did not provide further details.
Minapal has also been the head of the government’s Media and Information Center in Kandahar in 2015. He was from the Zabul province of southern Afghanistan. He did his Bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science from Kabul University. Before working for the government, he had served as a journalist in Radio Azadi.
Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. Several recent attacks against civilians have been claimed by Islamic State, although the government often blames the Taliban.