Former Afghan TV presenter killed in explosion in capital

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (AP) – A bomb attached to the vehicle of a former presenter on Afghanistan’s TOLO TV exploded yesterday, killing the journalist and two other civilians, Kabul police said.

The death of Yama Siawash is being investigated, said police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz. No one has immediately claimed responsibility.

Siawash had recently begun working with Afghanistan’s Central Bank and was in a bank vehicle along with another senior employee, Ahmadullah Anas and the driver, Mohammad Amin.

All died in the explosion, said Faramarz. Violence and chaos have increased in Afghanistan in recent months with an attack last week on Kabul University that killed 22 people, many of them students.

The Islamic State affiliate claimed that attack as well as another assault on an educational institution on October 24, also in the capital, that killed 24 people.

The surge in violent attacks comes even as government negotiators and the Taleban are meeting in Qatar to find an end to decades of relentless war in Afghanistan. The two sides have made little progress.

Washington’s peace envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, has been pressing for an agreement on a reduction in violence or a cease fire, which the Taleban have refused, saying a permanent cease fire would be part of the negotiations.

The talks were part of a negotiated agreement between the United States (US) and the Taleban to allow US and NATO troops withdraw from Afghanistan, ending 19 years of military engagement.

According to initial reports, Siawash was near his home when the bomb attached to his car exploded.

Afghans check the car destroyed by an attached bomb in Kabul. PHOTO: AP