5 September 2019
Kabul: At least six journalists wounded in a Taliban car bomb attack targeting ‘foreign forces envoy’ in Kabul on Thursday September 5, according to the ministry of information and Afghan journalists.
The attack took place at around 10:10 am local time after a suicide car bomber detonated his explosive close to a National Directorate of Security (NDS) checkpoint in the heavily fortified area in downtown Kabul, Tolonews reported.
Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said at least 10 people were killed, another 42 others were wounded and 12 vehicles destroyed in the attck.
He did not provide further details about the attack.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and claimed to have targeted a foreign forces convoy which was entering an NDS facility in the area.
Footage widely shared on social media showed the suicide bomber’s vehicle turning into the checkpoint and exploding — and a passer-by trying to sprint away just seconds before.
Editor-in-chief of daily Rah-e-Madaniyat Asqar Eshraq said the newspaper photographer Aman Sedaqat who was on his way to office wounded in the attack. Sedaqat shifted to the hospital and is recovering from the injuries, he added
Meanwhile, deputy minister of information and culture, Sayed Agha Husain Fazel Sancharaki, told the Afghanistan Journalists Center that five journalists of the state-owned media including the editor-in-chief of Anish daily slightly injured in the attack. These journalists were in the offices when the blast shattered the glass windows, he added
Afghanistan Journalists Center research indicates110 journalists and media workers have been killed in Afghanistan since the collapse of the Taliban regime in 2001, making it one of the world's most dangerous places to be a journalist.