A bomb kills a TV presenter in Kabul (VIDEO)

A bomb kills a TV presenter in Kabul.

A former Afghan TV presenter and two other civilians were killed in a bomb blast in Kabul on Saturday, police said.

Yama Siavash was killed when a bomb attached to his vehicle exploded near his home in the Afghan capital, police spokesman Ferdaus Faramarz told reporters.

Siawash, who recently joined the central bank of Afghanistan as an adviser, previously hosted political and current affairs at Tolo News, the country's largest private television channel.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but many prominent figures, including journalists, clerics, politicians and rights activists, were killed in targeted attacks in Kabul and other cities amid growing violence in the country.

Siavash's death sparked immediate condemnation by senior Afghan officials.

"The targeting of journalists is directed against freedom of expression and Siawash's death is a great loss for our country", said Abdullah Abdullah, who is leading the country's overall peace and reconciliation process.

Sedik Sediki, a spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani, also condemned the assassination of "one of the most talented (TV) presenters" in Afghanistan, BGNES reports.

Violence has escalated in Afghanistan in recent months, although the Taliban and the Afghan government have been involved in peace talks to end the country's long-running conflict.

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