Taliban terrorists murdered the Afghan government’s senior media and communications officer in the capital city of Kabul on Friday, according to a Taliban spokesperson.
The incident happened on Darul Aman Road in the west of Kabul on Friday afternoon.
A spokesman from the federal interior ministry acknowledged that Dawa Khan Menapal, the chief of the Government Media and Information Centre (GMIC), had been assassinated, but declined to specify who was responsible.
“Unfortunately, the savage terrorists have committed a cowardly act once again and martyred a patriotic Afghan,” interior ministry spokesman Mirwais Stanikzai said of the death of Dawa Khan Menapal.
He served as deputy presidential spokesperson from 2016 until 2020 before taking over as director of the media and information department.
In Kandahar, Menapal was also the head of the government’s media and communication centre in 2015.
He is from the southern Afghan region of Zabul.
Kabul University awarded him a bachelor’s degree in law and political science.
For journalists, Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous places on the planet.
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a number of recent assaults on civilians, while the government usually blames the Taliban.