Bus carrying Afghan journalists attacked in Kabul, killing two

Bus carrying Afghan journalists attacked in Kabul, killing two

5 August 2019

Kabul-- A mini-bus carrying the employees of a private television and radio network has been targeted by a magnetic IED, killing two people and injuring three others including two employees of the network, Afghan official said Sunday.

“A magnetic IED targeted a mini-bus carrying the employees of Khurshid Television and Radio Network in the fifth street of Taimani in Kabul’s police district 4 (PD4) at around 5:30 pm on Sunday evening", the Interior Ministry’s spokesman Nusrat Rahimi

 Two people including a passerby and driver of another vehicle were killed and three others, including two employees of the network wounded in the explosion, he added

Mohammad Rafi Sediqi, head of the Khurshid media netork told the Afghanistan Journalists Center(AFJC) that the mini-bus driver Baryalai and Asadullah Ekhlas presenter at Khurshid radio were seriously wounded in the explosion. The explosion happened at a rush hour as network employees were heading to their homes, he said

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

“We deeply saddened and strongly condemns this disgusting attack, our thoughts and prayers are with innocent lives explosion took on Sundy. we hope the wounded employees will be able to resume their careers once they have recovered from their injuries." said Ahmad Quraishi, AFJC's executive director.

"The frightening reality is that following the recent Taliban threat, we expect more of these sorts of attacks on journalists and media in Afghanistan.” Mr. Quraiahi added

Taliban late June issued a threat to Afghan media, said journalists will be targeted unless news outlets stop broadcasting what they describe as government propaganda against the group.

In January 2016, a Taliban suicide bomber rammed his car into a mini-bus carrying employees of Tolo TV, Afghanistan’s leading private broadcaster, killing seven journalists and injured at least 26 others.

According to the ToloNews, the Taliban had said it bombed the bus because it claimed Tolo TV was producing propaganda for the US military and its allies.

Journalists in Afghanistan have been threatened or attacked not only by the Taliban but also by Daesh(Islamic state group), government officials and powerful local figures unhappy with news coverage.

So far in 2019, six journalists and media workers have been killed in Afghanistan, according to AFJC research.