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Islamic State says it killed female media workers in east Afghanistan

"Such attacks on our innocent compatriots, especially women, contradict the teachings of Islam," Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani said.

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Updated: March 3, 2021 - 8:55am

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The Islamic State is claiming responsibility for an attack that killed three female media workers in east Afghanistan.

The extremist group claimed it targeted the employees of a television station in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Tuesday evening, according to the SITE intelligence group.

The women worked for the Afghani media company Enikas TV. Islamic State agents allegedly attacked four women while they were returning home from work. According to officials, three were killed and promptly buried Wednesday, while the fourth woman is in critical condition in the hospital.

"Such attacks on our innocent compatriots, especially women, contradict the teachings of Islam, Afghan culture, and the spirit of peace, and make the current crisis and war difficult and long," Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani said in an official statement.

Afghani police initially thought the attack was carried out by a resurgent group of the Taliban. 

The attack on the women comes amid recent turmoil in the country as the Taliban has reemerged in parts of the country, U.S.  military withdrawal and peace talks.

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