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Three journalists injured in roadside mine blast in Zabul

Dec 3, 2016

Kalat: Three local journalists have wounded on Friday when their vehicle hit a roadside mine, in southern Zabul province, officials confirmed.

According to the tolonews, Lal Jan Afghan, Qoudrat and Najib Pakhton from Rana Productions and Zabul Times, were wounded in the blast in Shahr-e Safa district.

The journalists had been covering a security forces operation in the Shahr-e-Safa district and where on their way to a local school when their vehicle hit the IED.

Security forces transferred them to the district hospital, officials said.

Two of the journalists are reportedly in a stable condition but the third one is critical.

According to Lal Jan Afghan, from Rana Productions and head of Zabul Times, said they had been travelling to a local school, along with security forces. He said two security force vehicles had been travelling in front of them. When their vehicle passed the IED it detonated, he said.

Afghan said he thinks they had been the target as the two vehicles carrying security forces passed the roadside mine without any problems.

Meanwhile Najib Pakhton, also from Zabul Times and Rana Productions, said that the two other vehicles had been travelling ahead of them and only when their vehicle passed the IED was it detonated.

Abdul Samad Durani, Shahr-e-Safa district governor, and security forces in Zabul confirmed the incident and said they have taken the journalists to the district hospital.

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 targeting journalists will not be tolerated with impunity.

The incident comes after unknown gunmen shot dead a journalist, Yaqoub Sharafat, in Zabul about two months ago.

Sharafat had worked for Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA) network.Officials said that he was with his family at the time of the shooting.

 

Journalist critically wounded after brutally stabbed in Kalat city

November 12, 2016

Kalat: A journalist was critically wounded after he was brutally attacked with knife by unknown gunmen in Kalat city, capital of southern Zabul province.

Ahmad Wali Sarhadi, provincial representative of the Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) said the incident took place late on Friday afternoon in the Sink area of the Kalat city.

He said the journalist Sebghatullah Ghayel was on his way from office to home when he stabbed in back and right hand by unknown men and was critically injured.

Sarhadi further added that the health condition of Ghayel and has been admitted to hospital for treatment.

Sebghatullah Ghayel is a reporter for the local Shaikh Mati radio station and ZabulTimes news website

Homayoun Gulzar, police chief for the first district of Kalat city said that one of the perpetrators has arrested by police but two others have managed to escape.

But he assured that the police is investigating the incident and will bring the other perpetrators to justice as soon as possible.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. But local journalists previously received warning from the Taliban militants.


The Afghanistan Journalists Center condemns this attack in the strongest terms and calls the local government officials to take immediate actions to recognize and detain all those involved behind the incident.

This comes as a young journalist for the sate run Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA) was murdered by unidentified men in the same city last month.

Earlier this month, a journalist working for the private television station Ariana News was killed by a roadside bomb in the capital of southern province of Helmand.

65 journalists and media workers have been killed in Afghanistan since falling of the Taliban regime in 2001. 2016, with 12 dead makes this year the deadliest year for media community in Afghanistan.

 

 

 

 

Unidentified gunmen shot dead local journalist in Southern Zabul province

October 17, 2016

Qalat: An Afghan journalist was shot dead in Afghanistan's Southern province of Zabul on Sunday afternoon, the latest in a long list of unsolved murders of media workers in the country.

Mohammad Yaqub Sharafat, 23, was shot in head and neck with a silenced pistol by unidentified gunmen while going home from office in Resalee area of Qalat city, capital of the southern Zabul province.

Local residents took Sharafat to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Besides being a journalist at the state-owned Afghanistan National Radio Television (RTA), Sharafat was also serving as freelance reporter with some local media including ’ZabulTimes’.

Gen. Mirwais Noorzai, head of Zabul police head quarter, said the perpetrators have managed to escape, but he assured that the police is investigating the incident and will bring the perpetrators to justice as soon as possible.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. But local journalists previously received warning from the Talbian militants.

Afghanistan Journalists Center(AFJC) condemns this heinous act in the strongest terms and calls for the government to launch an urgent and proper investigation.

AFJC's records shows that the attack of Sharafat brought to more than 64 the number of journalists and media workers killed in Afghanistan since falling of the Taliban regime in 2001, 2016, with 11 dead makes this year the deadliest year for media community in Afghanistan.

'Unfortunately, the culture of impunity that is behind these attacks are yet to be addressed by the Afghan authorities despite their repeated boasts and promises, we can say, almost all of the suspects yet brought to justice.’ Said Ahmad Quraishi, executive director of AFJC

In January, seven media workers of Tolo TV channel were killed and about 16 others wounded after a Taliban suicide car bombing struck a minibus in Afghan capital Kabul. a week later, an RTA journalist murdered by unidentified gunmen in Eastern Nangarhar province and on June two NPR journalists killed on assignment in southern Helmand province.

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