Car bomb attached to Afghan central bank public relations adviser explodes, killing him

A former television presenter has been killed in a blast in Afghanistan that officials have blamed on militants linked to the Taliban.

Yama Siawash was an anchor on the private TV channel Tolo News and had recently started work at the country’s central bank.

He and two others were killed when a bomb attached to his car exploded near his home in the capital Kabul.

No group has officially claimed the attack.

But the interior ministry has reportedly blamed the Haqqani militant group, which is linked to the Taliban and is classed as a terrorist organisation by the US.

President Ashraf Ghani has reportedly ordered an investigation into the killings.

Siawash had a bachelor’s degree in law and political science. He spent almost a decade working as a journalist in Afghanistan and was one of Tolo TV’s most prominent presenters before starting work as a public relations adviser for the Central Bank of Afghanistan.

Another bank employee, Ahmadullah Anas, died in the attack along with their driver Mohammad Amin.

Violence in Afghanistan has worsened in recent months including targeted killings of journalists, politicians and rights activists.

Last week the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) reported that in the last three months there had been a 50% rise in “enemy-initiated attacks” compared with the previous three.