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Chief of Afghan government’s media department assassinated – police

Chief of Afghan government’s media department assassinated – police
Police have confirmed that the head of the Afghan government’s media information center, Dawa Khan Menapal, has been assassinated in Kabul, the country’s capital. The attack has been claimed by the Taliban.

“Unfortunately, the savage terrorists have committed a cowardly act once again and martyred a patriotic Afghan,” Interior Ministry spokesman Mirwais Stanikzai said, referring to Menapal’s killing. Stanikzai shared a photo of his deceased colleague.

Menapal had previously been the director of the Public Library of Afghanistan, as well as working as the director of information culture in Kandahar Province for several years.

According to Afghanistan’s TOLOnews, the Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

The assassination came just days after the Taliban warned they would target senior officials in the Kabul-based administration in response to an escalation of airstrikes in the war-torn country.

The group has stepped up operations following the drawdown of allied forces, reclaiming territory from the government in Kabul. The US is expected to complete its pullout by August 31, marking the end of a two-decade-long campaign.

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