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Gunmen kill female Afghan ex-journalist in Kabul

12 May 2019

Gunmen shot dead a former television journalist and adviser to the Afghan parliament in Kabul on Saturday. Mina Mangal, who used to report for prominent TV station Ariana News, was killed by two unidentified men on a motorbike close to her home in eastern Kabul. She had been on her way to work as an adviser to the parliament's cultural affairs commission.

There was no immediate word on the motive for the attack, but another Kabul police spokesman, said the cause may have been a family dispute. The killing came during heightened focus on women's rights ahead of a possible exit of foreign forces from Afghanistan and potential return of the hardline Taliban to a role in government. During their 1996-2001 rule, the Taliban barred women from working outside their homes and required them to be accompanied by a male relative.