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Gunmen storm TV station Kabul

November 7, 2017

Kabul: Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) strongly condemns the gunmen attack on Shamshad TV station in Kabul, in which killed two persons and wounding two dozen others in the latest deadly attack on Afghan journalists.

Shamshad TV station came under attack after a suicide attacker detonated explosives at the gate of the network’s compound at 10 am – which opened the way for other gunman to enter the facility.

“Attackers had been wearing police uniforms and one of them managed to enter a building where at least 200 employees were working.” Shamshad News Director Abed Ehsas told ToloNews TV at a hospital where some of his wounded colleagues were being treated.

“Security agencies did not tell us that we were under threat. We would have been informed if they sent us a letter, but we stand again and such attack cannot silence us,” he added

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group claimed responsibility for the attack which lasted about three hours before Afghan Special Forces overpowered the attackers, who were armed with guns and grenades, and freed staff trapped inside the building.

Interior ministry said two people including an employee of the TV station had been killed and 24 people wounded, including four firefighters.

“We strongly condemn the attack; this attack is a brazen assault not just on one TV station but on the entire media and free expression in Afghanistan,” Said Ahmad Quraishi, Executive Director of Afghanistan Journalists Center

We call on the Afghan government to strengthen its efforts to secure media organization and media workers' safety and to put in place all possible means to limit the risks, he added

This is the second deadly attack on media organizations in Afghanistan in 2017.  On May 17, six people including four employee of the RTA state broadcaster were killed in ISIS raid on the Station in eastern Jalal Abad city.