AFGHAN NEWSWIRE – Journalist killed in blast in Afghanistan

A bomb explosion in southern Afghanistan killed a radio journalist inside his vehicle, where the bomb was attached to, a provincial official said. Omer Zwak, spokesman for the provincial governor in southern Helmand province, said a sticky bomb attached to Elyas Dayee’s vehicle killed the journalist and wounded three others, including Dayee’s brother, a child and another man. Sami Mahdi, Radio Azadi bureau chief, tweeted, “My colleague and dear friend, Elyas Dayee, lost his life in a terrorist attack this morning.” The attack took place in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which came just days after another sticky bomb blast killed a former presenter on Afghanistan’s TOLO TV and two other civilians in the country’s capital, Kabul. Violence and chaos have increased in Afghanistan in recent months even as government negotiators and the Taliban are meeting in Qatar to find an end to decades of relentless war in Afghanistan. The two sides have made little progress.

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