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Update: Detained Killid reporter released

Ghazni, March 30, 2014

Hailing the release of Hekmatullah Arian -- a Ghazin-based reporter with Killid Radio -- as a positive move, the Afghanistan Journalists Centre (AFJC) has voiced concern over his two night detention by ISAF.

We call on International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), to explain the illegal arrest of the reporter and questioning him for two nights.

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March 27, 2014

Ghazni: International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) has detained a journalist with the Killid Radio and several civilians during an operation in Southern Ghazni province, the media group and official claimed on Thursday.

The Killid Group media development director, Ricardo Grassi told that Radio Killid reporter has been arrested by ISAF in an operation from his house in Liwan village of Andar district on Wednesday night.

A brother of the journalist, Abdul Wali, told Pajhowk Afghan News, that Arian and his two cousins were among the detainees. “Last night, when we were having dinner, ISAF forces raided our village and took residents out of their houses along with me.

“Later they took away 10 people, including my brother and two cousins,” he added. He had no idea why his brother had been arrested, insisting he was innocent.

Andar district chief, Mohammad Qasim Desiwal, confirmed the overnight raid and 10 arrests in Lewan village. But Desiwal was unaware if the reporter was among the detainees.

In response to Pajhwok’s query, the NATO-led force said: “We can confirm 12 individuals suspected of having associations with enemy activity in Ghazni were detained during an Afghan-led combined operation yesterday.”

The individuals are currently in Afghan custody for further questioning.