Private TV channel head killed in Kabul; two suspects held

Private TV channel head killed in Kabul; two suspects held

November 30, 2015

Kabul: Managing director of private Asia Television Channel, Amanullah Ataee was killed in the Karta-e-Now locality of Kabul on Sunday, and official said.

Mr. Ataee was in front of his home when he was shot dead about 9 pm local time, said Kabul police.

General Faridoon Obaidi, head of the Criminal Investigation Department of Kabul police HQ said Attaee’s brother-in-law Ajmal and sister-in-law’s husband Baryalay Rahmani were detained on charge of the murder on the basis of initial investigations and the gun used in the crime has been confiscated.

They were drunk when police arrested them after the murder, the official added.

The main cause of the murder was yet to be clear, he said.

Asia TV channel recently started transmissions in Herat, Balkh and Nangarhar provinces of the country.

This was second attack on journalists in Kabul this month. On November 18, unidentified gunmen opened fire on Salem Wahdat, proprietor of Bokhdi News Agency and Saiyed Helal Sadat a reporter for News Agency. Mr.Wahdat survived on this attack but Helal sustained serious injuries and his is undergoing further medical care at a hospital in Kabul.

Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) vehemently condemns murder of Amanullah Attaee, urging the Afghan authorities to do whatever it takes to ensure that those responsible for these crimes are brought to justice and that journalists are finally able to work freely and without fear of being targeted.

Amanullah became the third journalists killed in Afghanistan in 2015.

50 journalists have lost their lives over the last two decades in Afghanistan. 31 of them including managing director of Asia TV have been directly targeted and murdered mostly while performing their professional duties, whereas 19 others lost lives in explosions or of armed conflicts.