Sultan Mahmoud Khairkhwah

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Sultan Mahmoud Khairkhwah, a 60-year-old journalist with the privately-owned television and radio station Zhman TV, was shot by unknown men in the city of Khost, Afghanistan, on March 15, 2019. He succumbed to his injuries that evening.

The Associated Press reported that two men on a motorcycle shot Khairkhwah while he was in his car. An affiliate of the Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, but did not give a reason for targeting the journalist, according to the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

It is unclear whether Khairkhwah had previously faced threats related to his work, Abdul Mujeeb Khalvatgar, of the local press freedom group NAI Supporting Afghan Open Media, told CPJ.

CPJ was unable to find contact details for Zhman TV.