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Unknown gunmen assault Afghanistan Times’ editor-in-chief

October 10, 2016

KABUL: Unidentified gunmen have assaulted and snatched car, laptop and cell phones of the Afghanistan Times’ editor-in-chief, Abdul Saboor Sarir, in the highly fortified Afghan capital on late Sunday night (9th October).

According to the daily, the unknown men, driving a Helix pick up, have stopped the editor-in-chief of the Kabul-based English newspaper at gunpoint on Sunday around 9:00 pm, and took his vehicle, laptop and cell phones after injuring him.

He came under attack in Khwaja Bughra area of Kabul City, while on way to his home from office. The area which is in the 15th Police District is only 3.5 kilometers away from Ministry of Interior.

Abdul Saboor Sarir sustained head injuries in the attack. Fortunately, he is in stable condition. “I was on my way to home when three gunmen stopped me. They beat me. They told my brother that they would kill him if he resisted or inform the police at the moment,” Sarir said.

Police has launched investigation in to the attack. However, it is not the first time that Mr. Sarir came under attack. He was repeatedly threatened by different groups of dire consequences. Sari says, five months ago, unknown people tried to abduct him in the fourth police district of Kabul at gunpoint when a police vehicle appeared on the road and the kidnappers escaped.

The Afghanistan times stated that it is not clear that whether the gunmen were carjackers or those who threatened him regularly. Sarir claims he has repeatedly requested the law enforcement agencies for security as this year different militant groups including the Taliban and Daesh issued death threats to him.

The Afghanistan Journalists Center(AFJC) condemns in the strongest possible terms the assault of Abdul Saboor Sarir asking the government immediately commence an investigation in order to identify the suspects and take swift action against those responsible.