TV journalist shot dead in Afghanistan after gunmen attack her vehicle

Gunmen shot and killed a female TV anchor in eastern Afghanistan early Thursday, officials said.

The attackers opened fire on Malala Maiwand’s car soon after she left her house in the eastern Nangarhar province, said Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the governor.

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No one has claimed responsibility, but an Islamic State affiliate is headquartered in eastern Afghanistan and has claimed most of the recent attacks on civilians in the country. The Taliban also operate in the area.

In addition to working as a TV and radio presenter, Maiwand was also an activist who advocated for the rights of Afghan women and children.

Afghans pray for TV anchor Malala Maiwand who was shot and killed by gunmen soon after she left her house early Thursday, during her funeral ceremony in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. (AP Photo)

Afghans pray for TV anchor Malala Maiwand who was shot and killed by gunmen soon after she left her house early Thursday, during her funeral ceremony in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. (AP Photo)

Two Afghan journalists were killed in separate bombings in Afghanistan last month.

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The international press freedom group Reporters Without Borders has called Afghanistan one of the world’s deadliest countries for journalists.