Taliban shot dead Afghanistan government’s top media and information head Dawa Khan Minapal in the capital city of Kabul, international media reported on Friday.
Minapal was attacked days after Taliban warned that they would target senior government officials of Afghanistan in retaliation for increased airstrikes.
“Unfortunately, the savage terrorists have committed a cowardly act once again and martyred a patriotic Afghan,” interior ministry spokesman Mirwais Stanikzai said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the death, with spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid sending a message to media saying “he was killed in a special attack carried out by mujahideen”.
Dawa Khan Minapal, who was the head of Government Media and Information Centre (GMIC), had also served as a spokesperson in Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s outreach team.
On Tuesday, the district governor of Sayed Abad district in Maidan Wardak province was also assassinated in Kabul by Taliban fighters.
The Taliban already control large portions of the countryside and are now challenging Afghan government forces in several large cities.
The militants warned Wednesday of more attacks targeting Afghan government leaders, a day after the country’s defence minister escaped an assassination attempt.