April 30, 2018
Kabul—Suicide bombing kills 9 Afghan journalists and injuring 8 others in capital Kabul on Monday morning and hours later a journalist assassinated in southern khost city on his way to work, the deadliest day in Afghanistan journalism history.
Reports indicate a suicide bomber, posing as a journalist, detonated his explosives while standing among a group of reporters who had gathered to cover the first suicide attack took place in a heavily-fortified area of Kabul city.
Azadi Radio reporters Mahram Durrani, Ebadullah Hananzai and Sabawun Kakar, Mashal TV reporter SalimTalash and cameraman Ali Salimi, 1TV reporter Ghazi Rasuli and cameraman Nauruz Ali Rajabi , AFP chief photographer Shah Marai and ToloNew TV cameraman Yar Mohammad Tokhi were killed in the attack.
IS (Daesh) claimed the responsibility. In an another tragic incident, hours later, unidentified gunmen shot dead BBC Pashto journalist, Ahmad Shah, in Southern Khost city.
These attacks come just six days after a local TV journalist was killed by unknown gunmen in Southern Kandahar city.
"We are shocked and saddened by the horrific violence perpetrated against our colleagues in Kabul and Khost –the deadliest day for Afghan media ; the journalists in Kabul were on duty to report about the earlier attack, simply informing the public.” said Afghanistan Journalists Center Executive Director Ahmad Quraishi
“Today was really a dark day for the Afghan media and we deeply shocked and saddened by this barbaric attacks, our thoughts and prayers are with innocent lives in the attacks” AFJC call on Afghan government to seek out and prosecute the perpetrators as quickly as possible, and also urge the International Court of Justice and the UN Security Council to investigate the incidents. Mr Quraishi added.
The sharp increase in violence in the country has been a big blow to freedom of press which is the biggest achievement of the people of Afghanistan after collapse of the Taliban regime in 2001.