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TV Reporter Gunned Down In Eastern Afghanistan

Afghan officials say a TV journalist has been shot dead by unknown assailants in eastern Nangarhar Province.

Haji Mohammad Zubair Khaksar, who was a Nangarhar correspondent for Afghanistan's national TV and Radio network, was gunned down in Surkhrod district, the office of the provincial governor said on January 30.

The attack took place when Khaksar was returning home from a private gathering late on January 29, local media reported.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack.

However, the Khaama news agency reported that a radio station -- allegedly established by the Islamic State extremist group – has been broadcasting threatening messages to journalists in Nangarhar.

Afghan authorities have said they are trying to track down the radio station that is spreading antigovernment propaganda in Nangarhar.

Khaksar's killing comes days after a suicide bombing in Kabul killed seven employees of Afghanistan's biggest television station, Tolo TV.

The Taliban claimed that attack, which also injured 26 people.

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