KABUL (Reuters) – At the very least two individuals have been killed and two injured when a non-public bus carrying staff of an Afghan tv station was bombed in Kabul on Sunday, two authorities officers mentioned.
A bomb connected by magnets to a bus utilized by Khurshid TV blew up through the night rush hour. No group claimed duty for the assault, wherein the driving force and a passerby have been killed, mentioned Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the inside ministry.
Samiullah Aminy, the information director with Khurshid TV, confirmed the assault and mentioned a cameraman and an audio presenter have been injured within the blast.
The Taliban, which controls a part of the nation, had warned in June that it might goal Afghan media organizations if they didn’t cease broadcasting anti-Taliban ads. The hardline Islamist group gave Afghan radio stations, TV channels, publications and others every week to stop airing anti-Taliban bulletins paid for by the federal government.
“We don’t broadcast anti-Taliban ads however it’s clear that freedom of expression is underneath fixed risk in Afghanistan,” mentioned Aminy.
President Ashraf Ghani condemned Sunday’s assault, saying in a Twitter put up, “Intentionally focusing on media and civilians is a conflict crime and people accountable can be held accountable”.
Afghanistan was the deadliest nation on the earth to be a journalist in 2018, with 13 deaths, in response to the Committee to Shield Journalists (CPJ). The Worldwide Federation of Journalists mentioned 16 journalists have been killed final yr.
The worldwide media presence in Afghanistan has been sharply lowered because the withdrawal of worldwide troops in 2014. Home media retailers have crammed the hole however their work has develop into more and more tough.
In 2016, a Taliban suicide bomber rammed his automotive right into a bus carrying staff of Tolo TV, the nation’s largest non-public broadcaster, killing seven journalists.
The Taliban mentioned it killed the workers as a result of Tolo was producing propaganda that supported the occupation of Afghanistan by america and its allies of their conflict towards the insurgents.
Reporting by Abdul Qadir Sediqi; Enhancing by Frances Kerry