An RFE/RL journalist was killed in the southern Afghan province of Helmand when a bomb attached to his vehicle exploded early on November 12.
Omer Zwak, spokesman for the provincial governor, told RFE/RL that a sticky bomb attached to the vehicle of Mohammad Ilyas Dayee killed the journalist in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital.
Three other people were wounded in the attack, including Dayee’s brother, another man, and a child. Dayee worked for RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan, known locally as Radio Azadi. Afghan presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqqi condemned Dayee’s “assassination,” saying it was the work of “the enemies of freedom of expression and the media in Afghanistan.”
Since October, fierce fighting has surged in the province following a major Taliban offensive to overrun the provincial capital. Tens of thousands of civilians have been displaced. According to Reporters Without Borders, Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous countries for journalists. On Saturday, a former and well-known TV presenter was killed in the capital in a similar attack.