In Dikundi, masked gunmen beat journalist and launched grenade attack on radio station

October 12, 2016

Nili: Unidentified gunmen beat the owner of the local Nasim Radio in the central province of Dikundi and launched grenade attack on the station in capital Nili last night.

The incident happened mid-night, Wednesday October 11, the station owner Mohammad Reza Wahedi, told Afghanistan Journalists Center.

“Two masked gunmen entered our house in Nili city and regularly beat me in the head with the butt of the pistol and then went toward the besides building which is the radio station located and threw grenade inside the campus.” he said

According to Mr. Wahedi, the explosion did not have casualties but slightly damaged the offices and shattered windows of the nearby residents.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the incident. However, local journalists had previously received warnings from Powerbrokers.

Spokesperson for the Dikundi governor, Shir Mohammad Entezar confirmed the incident, but he declined to provide additional information.

Local police has started the investigation and the governor instructed the criminal investigation team to expedite the investigation and forward the paper to the provincial attorney, he said

The Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) strongly condemns the incident and urges the local authorities to immediately carry out an investigation into the incident and arrest the perpetrators.

AFJC call for a credible investigation to send a message that attack on journalists will not be tolerated with impunity.

The 24-hour radio station broadcasts daily to Dikundi and Bamian provinces.