A roadside bomb killed a journalist and driver after struck a minivan carrying staff of a non-public Afghan tv channel in Kabul on Saturday, killing a journalist and the motive force, the community’s information director and officers stated.
The pair died when the bus carrying 15 staff from Khurshid TV was struck, the channel’s information director Jawed Farhad informed AFP.
The inside ministry additionally confirmed the assault, saying the minivan had been focused.
“The goal of the blast was the automobile of Khurshid personal TV,” a ministry assertion stated.
Footage shared on social media confirmed a white minibus with in depth harm to its entrance.
It was the second such assault concentrating on staff of the channel in lower than a yr.
In August 2019, two passers-by had been killed when a “sticky bomb” — a sort of do-it-yourself explosive connected to automobiles with magnets — struck an identical Khurshid TV van.
No group claimed duty for that assault, which wounded three staff, and nobody instantly claimed Saturday’s assault.
Afghanistan is likely one of the world’s deadliest locations for journalists, who face many dangers masking the nation’s lengthy battle and who’ve generally been focused for doing their job.
The newest assault comes throughout an total drop in violence throughout a lot of Afghanistan for the reason that Taliban provided a shock three-day ceasefire on Could 24.
Whereas the truce ended on Tuesday night time, violence has largely remained low, although Afghan safety forces have suffered some assaults that authorities blamed on the Taliban.