May 31, 2017
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the Afghan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA) Wednesday condemned the brutal attack in Kabul which saw at least two journalists killed.
The IFJ and AIJA have demanded an immediate investigation.
At least two journalists were killed and four others injured when a powerful vehicle bomb exploded in the Zanbaq Square in Kabul on the morning of May 31. At least 80 people were killed and 350 injured in the incident.
TOLO TV’s staff member Aziz Navin was killed along with BBC Kabul’s staff driver Nazeer Ahmad in the explosion. Three more journalists of BBC Kabul and a reporter of TV1 channel were injured. The office of TV1 is close to the explosion area. The Taliban have denied responsibility for the attack.
Afghanistan is the most dangerous country in the Asia Pacific region with five journalists and media staff killed since January 1, 2017.
The IFJ expressed condolences with the families of the killed journalists and said it stands in solidarity with Afghan journalists and media staff at this difficult hour. – IFJ media release/Image: Shah Marai/AFP
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