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Govt launches probe into RTA reporter’s murder

Govt launches probe into RTA reporter’s murder

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Nov 08, 2016 - 13:48

QALAT (Pajhwok): A high-level government delegation has arrived in the capital of southern Zabul province to investigate the assassination of a state-run Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA) reporter, an official said on Tuesday.

On October 16, Yaqoob Sharafat, the RTA reporter, was shot dead by unidentified armed men, prompting calls from media outlets, journalists, civil society organizations and members of the parliament on the government to investigate the incident.

Zabul governor’s spokesman Gul Islam Seyal told Pajhwok Afghan News a high level government delegation reached Qalat, the provincial capital, on Monday to investigate the incident.

The delegation included representatives from the Presidential Palace, interior and defense ministries, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the Attorney General Office, and the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), he said.

The delegation on Monday visited the victim’s family and extended condolences on behalf of the president, Seyal said. The investigation team on Tuesday morning again met the reporter’s family to get their views regarding the case.

The delegation was investigating relevant officials and institutions in connection with Yaqoob Sharafat’s assassination and would also assess the security situation in Zabul, he said.

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