Dawakhan Menapal assassinated in Kabul


Soldiers guarding in Kabul after an attack on the Defense Minister's house

Assassination comes a few days after the Taliban attacked Kabul’s defense minister’s house

The director of the Afghan Media and Information Center was assassinated by Taliban militants in the capital Kabul.

Local outlet Tolo News reports that Dawa Khan Menapal was killed by armed groups on the capital, Darul Aman Road.

He regularly tweeted the position of the Afghan government and Twitter had more than 142,000 followers.

The killings take place a few days after the Taliban attacked the home of the Defense Minister in Kabul.

rear Wednesday attack -The first large-scale bombing by militants in the city for almost a year-The Taliban warned of further attacks on government figures.

“Unfortunately, the barbaric terrorists have once again behaved timidly and martyred the patriotic Afghanistan,” said Interior Ministry spokesman Milweiss Stanikzai.

US Chargé d’Affaires to Afghanistan Ross Wilson Tweet “These murders are an insult to the human rights and freedom of speech of the Afghans,” he added, adding that the killings were “sad and tired.”

The UN Security Council convened a public meeting on Friday on the situation in Afghanistan as violence worsened.

The Taliban militants have occupied a large area of ​​the countryside and are now attacking major cities such as Kandahar in the south, the economically important Herat, and Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand.

It comes after the United States and other international forces have announced their withdrawal after 20 years of operation.

Diplomats said Afghan government officials requested a meeting in light of growing anxiety. According to diplomats, New York is set to start at 10:00 local time (14:00 GMT).

On Thursday night, US and Afghan troops launched air strikes on the Taliban position in Lashkar Gah.

Government troops vowed not to lose a strategically important town, and the battle there was fierce. Authorities urged civilians to evacuate, trapping and fleeing for their lives.

Map of Afghanistan, updated August 5, 2021, showing areas in full Taliban or disputed under government control

Map of Afghanistan, updated August 5, 2021, showing areas in full Taliban or disputed under government control

Neighboring countries will also discuss the situation in Afghanistan on Friday.

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have sent diplomats to the town of Abaza in the Caspian Sea of ​​Turkmenistan for annual consultations.

Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov called Afghanistan “a question that worries us all” during a state television broadcast Wednesday, AFP news agency reports.

Meanwhile, Russia conducted military exercises with Uzbek troops this week amid growing concerns about security in the region, including the occupation of a major Afghan border crossing last month.

Thursday European Union For an “urgent, comprehensive and permanent ceasefire” in Afghanistan as “meaningless violence” escalate.