Mena Mangal was also culture adviser to Afghan parliament. Twitter photo
Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the interior ministry, says that Mena Mangal, a cultural adviser for the lower house of the parliament and former TV presenter, was killed when she was on her way to work on Saturday morning.
In a separate development, a landmine explosion killed seven children and wounded two others in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said, as war ordnance again claimed civilian lives.
Rahimi said one or possibly more assailants escaped form the scene. Kabul police have launched an investigation.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
Kabul police say that it is not clear whether the murder was a terror act or the result of a personal dispute. Both, Daesh group and Afghan Taliban regularly carry out attacks in the capital.
The blast occurred in Ghazni province, south of the capital Kabul, when the children stepped on a landmine while playing near a main road, provincial spokesman Aref Noori told AFP.
"The mine was planted by the Taliban on a main road to inflict casualties on security forces," he said. The Taliban did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The insurgents often use roadside bombs and landmines to target Afghan security forces, but the lethal weapons also inflict casualties on civilians.
Amanullah Kamrani, a member of Ghazni provincial council, said the children were aged between seven and nine and at least four of them belonged to one family.
Years of conflict have left Afghanistan strewn with landmines, unexploded mortars, rockets and homemade bombs -- and many are picked up by curious children.
Last month, seven children were killed and 10 more wounded in the eastern province of Laghman when a mortar shell exploded while they were playing with it.
According to the United Nations, 3,804 civilians — including more than 900 children-- were killed in Afghanistan in 2018, with another 7,000 wounded. It was the deadliest year to date for civilians in Afghanistan's conflict.
Mena Mangal was well known in Kabul circles for her work presenting shows on several television networks, before she left journalism to become a cultural advisor to parliament.
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Danish Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize-winner who was working with Reuters, was covering the fierce clashes near a border crossing with Pakistan. The tragic incident took place while Afghan forces were engaged in battle with the Taliban in Spin Boldak area.
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