Gunmen assassinated the head of the Afghan government’s media wing, Taliban claims responsibility

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On Friday, gunmen assassinated the head of the Afghan government’s media wing, TOLO News reported, citing sources.

Additionally, the publication reported that the Taliban claimed responsibility for the assassination of Dawa Khan Menapal, the head of the Afghanistan government’s Media and Information Center.

Menapal was assassinated on Darul Aman Road in Kabul’s capital city.

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Menapal previously served as the deputy presidential press secretary from 2016 to 2020. In 2015, he was also appointed head of the Aghan government’s media wing in Kandahar.

This comes just days after the country’s renowned poet and historian Abdullah Atifi was assassinated by Taliban on Wednesday night in Uruzgan province.

According to the provincial governor, the poet was assassinated outside his residence by Taliban gunmen. The Taliban, on the other hand, have not yet commented on the incident.

The Taliban have increased their attacks on civilians, Afghan security forces, and Afghan defence forces. The Taliban have captured several strategic districts in Afghanistan in recent weeks, including the northeastern province of Takhar.

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The Taliban assassinated a popular Afghan comedian last week in the country’s Kandahar province.

The UN Security Council is scheduled to meet on Friday under India’s presidency to discuss the Taliban’s surge in violence in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of US troops.

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