Radio Azadi reporter killed in Helmand blast, Nov 12, 2020. [Photo: social media]

HELMAND, Afghanistan – Elias Dayee, an Afghan journalist at Radio Azadi, is killed after a magnetic mine blew a vehicle early Thursday morning in southern province of Helmand, local authorities confirmed.

No group or individual has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Omar Zwak, spokesman for the Helmand Governor, told local media the incident took place in Police District 1 of the Lashkargha city.

Officials did not provide further details but said investigation is underway through the case. It, however, remained unclear whether the vehicle targeted was of Dayee’s own car.

The blast came days after a similar attack in Makroyan-e-Char area of Kabul city killed at least one former TOLOnews presenter Yama Siawash and further two civilians.   

The incident sparked a widespread criticism over the currents government’s incompetency to protect its citizen, including journalists throughout Afghanistan.

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  • Muhammad Arif Sheva holds a B.A degree in Journalism from Int'l Peace Leadership College Rizal, Philippines. Sheva works as an editor and content writer for Khaama Press.