- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 22, 2008

— Suspected Taliban militants killed a provincial government spokesman in eastern Afghanistan overnight, during an attack on his house that also injured his wife and two relatives, an official said.

Ghamai Khan Mohammadyar, spokesman for the governor of the eastern province of Paktika, was killed in his home in the neighbouring province of Paktia, the official told AFP.

His wife, a nephew and a niece were wounded in a gunfight at the house and his brother was captured by the gunmen, provincial information and culture chief Din Mohammad Darwish said, blaming the attack on Taliban militants.

“Mohammadyar was martyred at his home by Taliban last night,” Darwish said late Monday.

Malik Tanai, an official in Paktika’s provincial administration, confirmed the incident.

Mohammadyar told an AFP reporter in May that Taliban were threatening to kill him because of his work. The spokesman regularly spoke to the media about attacks carried out by Taliban militants waging an anti-government insurgency.

Insurgents, from the Taliban and other Islamist factions, have killed several government officials, including parliamentarians and a provincial governor, and have tried to assassinate President Hamid Karzai.

They kidnapped a senator two weeks ago and are demanding the release of Taliban prisoners for his freedom.

The insurgency was launched after the Taliban were removed from government in a US-led invasion in late 2001.

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