In Afghanistan, three employees of a private television broadcaster were killed in an attack on media workers. This was confirmed by the head of the Enikass TV station, Salmai Latifi.
According to initial findings, the three women were attacked by an unknown gunman in a market in the eastern provincial capital of Jalalabad.
A journalist from Enikass and her driver were only killed in Jalalabad in December. So far, no one has confessed to the attack. “We work in an area where extremists, including armed anti-government groups, live,” said Latifi. He himself was kidnapped several years ago and held by terrorists for four and a half months.
Despite the start of peace talks between the radical Islamist Taliban and government officials in September 2020, the country is rocked by a wave of violence. Again and again human rights activists, journalists and religious scholars find themselves in the crosshairs of extremists.
The deployment of the Federal Armed Forces is to be extended
According to the UN mission Unama, at least nine media workers were murdered last year. The perpetrators often remain hidden. NATO recently announced that it would continue its operation in Afghanistan for the time being.
The federal government wants to extend the deployment of the Bundeswehr in the country. The troops’ Afghanistan mandate currently runs until the end of March. Parliament is expected to decide on this in the last week of March.
There are currently around 1,100 Bundeswehr soldiers on site. The Bundeswehr currently has the second largest contingent after the US Army, which has 2,500 soldiers in the country after a significant reduction in troops under the former President Donald Trump. High-ranking German military officials recently warned that the suspended NATO withdrawal could lead to increased attacks on international troops.