BERLIN: A German broadcaster has accused the Taliban of killing a relative of its former correspondent in Kabul while hunting for him.

A spokesman for Deutsche Welle (DW) said on Thursday the militants were conducting a house-to-house search for the journalist, who now works in Germany.

A second relative was seriously wounded but others were able to escape, it said.

The network’s director general condemned the killing, which he said showed the danger to media workers and their families in Afghanistan.

“The killing of a close relative of one of our editors by the Taliban yesterday is inconceivably tragic, and testifies to the acute danger in which all our employees and their families in Afghanistan find themselves,” he said.

“It is evident that the Taliban are already carrying out organised searches for journalists, both in Kabul and in the provinces.

We are running out of time!”

The Taliban had raided the homes of three other DW journalists, the broadcaster said.

Published in Dawn, August 21st, 2021

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