Taliban fighters hunting a journalist with Deutsche Welle (DW) have shot dead one member of his family and severely injured another, the German public broadcaster said late on Thursday.

Deutsche Welle (DW) said the Taliban had been doing a house-to-house search to find the journalist who was now working in Germany.

Other relatives were able to flee and are on the run now, according to the broadcaster.

“The killing of a close relative of one of our editors by the Taliban … is inconceivably tragic, and testifies to the acute danger in which all our employees and their families in Afghanistan find themselves,” DW Director General Peter Limbourg said, calling on the government in Berlin to take immediate action.

The Islamist militant movement had promised it would allow free media and jobs for women – banned when it was last in power from 1996 to 2001 – when it gave its first news conference on Tuesday since capturing the capital Kabul.

However, Afghan journalists have complained of having been beaten and their homes raided since the Taliban seized the capital Kabul on Sunday.

The story was filed by the News Desk.
The Desk can be reached at info@thecorrespondent.com.pk.


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