Three female journalists killed by gunmen in Afghanistan in latest wave of violence

Relatives wait outside a hospital for the bodies of three women that were killed in the city of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on March 2.

Three female media workers were shot dead in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Tuesday, government officials said, amid a wave of killings that is spreading fear among professional workers in urban centers.

Zalmai Latifi, head of local broadcaster Enikas TV, said the three women were recent high school graduates aged between 18 and 20 who worked in the station's dubbing department.
Government sources said the women were killed on their way home from work, and witnesses said gunmen shot the women in the head before fleeing. A fourth woman was injured, and a hospital spokesman said she had been admitted to hospital and was fighting for her life.
    Provincial police chief Juma Gul Hemat said that the suspected lead attacker had been arrested and that he was connected to the insurgent Taliban.
      A Taliban spokesman denied the group had any involvement in the attack.
      A wave of shootings and small bombs attached to vehicles in Afghanistan have targeted journalists, civil society workers and mid-level government employees in recent months, as the government and Taliban negotiators try to broker a peace deal and the United States withdraws some of its troops.
      Afghans carry the body of a woman who was killed in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on March 2.
      The director of Enikass-TV, Zalmai Latifi, was kidnapped for ransom in 2018.
      In November 2020, two journalists -- Elyas Dayee at Radio Azadi, and former TOLO news presenter Yama Siawash -- were killed in two separate bomb blasts. Also in November, gunmen sto