Nemat Rawan, former TOLOnews anchor and a media official at the Ministry of Finance, was killed in an attack by unidentified gunmen in Kandahar on Thursday, his relatives confirmed.
The incident occured about 10:30 am local time at Ahmad Wali Khan square in PD14 of Kandahar city. Attackers shot and killed Rawan in his Toyota Corolla, said Ghorzang Afridi, a security official at the Kandahar police HQ, adding that “the attackers were two people and escaped from the area.”
“The first one of the attackers stopped his car and the second one came on a motorbike and shot him,” he said. “The attackers have also stolen his phone.”
The Taliban has denied their involvement in the attack.
Rawan’s work with TOLOnews finished about three weeks ago after he resigned from his position and joined the Ministry of Finance as a media official.
Nemat, 28, worked with TOLOnews for four years and presented political shows.
His relatives said Rawan had gone to Kandahar 12 days ago to get his education documents. He graduated from the journalism school at Kandahar University.
His family lives in Zabul and he joined TOLOnews four years ago and presented Pashto news bulletins and political shows such as Tawde Khabare, (or "hot topics") a current affairs program on war, peace, anti-corruption, and social issues of interest to the residents of the country.
His last post on Facebook was about his new job at the Ministry of Finance.
He was often posting photos of different parts of Afghanistan on his Facebook page and wrote about the beauty of his county and his love for his nation.
Rawan’s funeral ceremony will be held today in Qalat city, the capital of Zabul province, his relatives said.