KABUL, Afghanistan

A senior Afghan journalist working for a foreign news agency was killed on Monday by unknown assailants in Afghanistan’s restive central Ghazni province, local police said.

Rehmatullah Nekzaad was assassinated close to his house in the provincial capital Ghazni city, the local police directorate said in a statement.

Ali Ghaznavi, a colleague of the slain journalist, told Anadolu Agency that Nekzaad was a senior news correspondent working for Associated Press wire service and head of the local journalists’ association.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

At least four journalists have been killed in the war-ravaged country in the past one month.

Last week, a leading news presenter got killed in the capital Kabul in a suspicious way days after killing of a female journalist in southern Helmand province and killing of another female journalist in the eastern Nangarhar province.

The attacks have sent shockwaves among the Afghan journalists. Afghanistan is one of the deadliest countries for journalists.

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