Foreign Affairs
Afghan journalist killed in Kabul shooting

A prominent Afghan journalist and Government consultant was killed in a shooting in Kabul on Saturday. The country broke out into a furore because of the cold-blooded murder of Mina Mangal, who used to work as a TV presenter before entering politics.

In a statement, the Afghan Home Affairs Minisgtry said that Mangal was on her way to work as a consultant for the Parliamentary Commission for Cultural Affairs. The shots were fired from a short distance away on Saturday at 7.20am (local time). Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah has sworn to catch the assassins.

The Afghan Supreme Court and civil society groups, including the Commission on Violence against Women, are asking for an investigation into her murder.

Before she was killed, Mangal posted on Facebook the threats she had been receiving and wrote that was afraid that she was going to be killed. Although it is not clear what led to her murder, it is not being excluded that she may have been killed because of a family dispute.

From a list published every year by Reporters Without Frontiers it results that Afghanistan is the country where the largest number of journalists were killed last year.

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