Gunmen assassinate woman journalist Malala Maiwand along with her driver in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad

A woman journalist was shot dead in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad while she was on her way to work.

Gunmen opened fired on Malala Maiwand’s vehicle, her driver, Mohammad Tahir, was also killed.

The killings come after Nato and the EU issued a statement condemning recent assassinations across the country.

Maiwand works with Enikass TV and Radio, and was travelling to work when her vehicle was attacked by unidentified gunmen.

The provincial governor’s spokesman, Attaollah Khogiyani, told local media the assailants had fled the area.

Maiwand, also a civil society activist, had previously spoken about the challenges of being a female journalist in the country.

Her mother, also an activist, was killed by unknown gunmen five years ago, Reuters news agency reports.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Unama) condemned the killings.

The violence comes as talks between Afghan officials and the Taliban are continuing in Doha, Qatar. The two sides have made some progress on preliminary issues but are yet to begin discussing a ceasefire or power-sharing agreement.