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Authorities confirmed Thursday that a local journalist, Ilyas Dayee, was killed in a bomb blast in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan.

Dayee was killed after a small bomb planted in his vehicle exploded in the city of Lashkargah, the provincial capital, the provincial governor’s spokesman and a local politician told dpa.

His brother and two civilians, including a child, were injured in the incident.

Dayee worked as a reporter for “Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty” in the volatile Helmand province for about 10 years, the station’s Kabul office manager Rateb Noori told dpa.

“He was one of our best on Radio. The pain is unbearable ”. There was no immediate liability claim for the explosion.

Since October, there has been fierce fighting in the province following a major Taliban offensive to invade the provincial capital. Tens of thousands of civilians have been displaced.

According to Reporters Without Borders, Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous countries for journalists.

On Saturday, a well-known former television host was killed in the capital in a similar attack. (dpa / NAN).

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