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Afghan parliament adviser and former journalist killed in Kabul

11 May 2019 Al Jazeera

Unidentified attackers killed an adviser to the country's parliament in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, the government said. 

Mina Mangal was on her way to work at about 7:30 am (03:00GMT) when assailants shot her at close range, the country's Ministry of Interior said in a statement.

Nusrat Rahimi, the ministry spokesman, said the attackers fled the scene and police have launched an investigation. 

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the killing.

Both the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) and Taliban members regularly carry out attacks in the capital.

Kabul police said it was unclear whether the killing was by one of those groups, or a result of a personal dispute. 

The former TV presenter was a recognizable face to many Afghans in Kabul. In a social media post last week, Mangal said she had received death threats, but did not share details.

Members of Afghan civil society groups have called for a robust investigation into Mangal's killing and want the government to provide better safety for journalists.

Afghanistan was named the deadliest country for journalists in 2018 by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

It said a total of 15 journalists and media workers were killed in a series of bombings that began early last year, with nine of them in a single day, on April 30.

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