Local radio station blown up in eastern Afghanistan

Local radio station blown up in eastern Afghanistan

Jalal Abad:Mar 26, 2014

Afghanistan Journalists Center condemns bomb attack against a local private radio station in Kama district of eastern Nanagarhar province which destroyed the stations and forced it to stop broadcasting.

The station called Qalam (Pen) was blown up at 6.30 am on Monday, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, told local media. An investigation has been launched into the attack.

Radio Qalam Editor-in-Chief Inamullah Miakhel said the unidentified gunmen had planted explosives in the building on Sunday night.

He added the building was destroyed along with the transmission equipments worth $ 250,000. The radio station came into existence on March 2013 and was broadcasting for four hours daily. Its programs were focused on political, cultural, social and religious issues.

Qalam Editor-in-Chief Miakhel told AFJC: “The Taliban denied involving in the explosion, but- three months ago- an unknown man calling himself a Taliban fighter warned that they would attack the station if we continued to broadcasting music.” We reported the threats to National Directorate of Security, he added.

Previously on November 19, 2013, another non-government radio station, Hamisheh Bahar (Always Spring) in Jalalabad, the capital of the of the province, by gunmen who beat security guards and journalists and then destroyed transmission equipment, interrupting broadcasting.

AFJC denounces the incident as another brazen attack on media outlets and believes such incidents were bound to undermine the freedom of speech, a head of Election. The organization called for those responsible to be rapidly arrested and brought to justice.